Facing Diversity: SPE National Conference this weekend in Philadelphia

Priya Kambli, Muma and Me (Cast Shadow), 2008

Society of Photographic Educators
Facing Diversity: Leveling the Playing Field in the Photographic Arts
March 4-7, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

This is a tremendous time for diversity. The United States has seen her first president of color sworn into office, and Iceland has just elected the world’s first openly gay prime minister. Yet ask a photography student for the names of five photographers of diverse backgrounds and they will probably fumble. Just as in political life, the demographics of diversity are also shifting in the photographic arts, but this diversity is slow to make its way into galleries, textbooks, and the awareness of those in the industry.

SPE’s 47th National Conference in Philadelphia, “Facing Diversity: Leveling the Playing Field in the Photographic Arts,” will examine how photographers of diverse backgrounds participate in the art world today and how these artists are being received. The conference will look at inclusivity, diversity within diversity, and the various perspectives on the changing cultural dynamics of this country. It strives to bring together curious minds in celebration of the achievements by artists of all backgrounds.

For photographic educators, artists and scholars, the conference programming will:

Discuss what diversity means within the framework of photography
Examine how artists have expressed themselves on the topics of race, culture, ethnicity, religion, class, gender, sexual preference, and age
Identify how these issues are being discussed in the art world and in the classroom today
Investigate the vocabulary required to discuss diversity in the arts today

Hannah Frieser
Miriam Romais

2010 Conference Co-Chairs

About the 2010 Conference
The Philadelphia conference marks a unique partnership between SPE and EnFoco to better address issues of diversity within the field of photography. En Foco is a non-profit photography organization dedicated to nurturing and supporting photographers of diverse cultures, primarily those of Latino, African and Asian heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and Pacific.