Late last week Barbara Ess, citing personal reasons, let us know that she would be unable to fulfill her commitment to attend the symposium. A few phone calls later and we're extremely proud to announce that Laura Blacklow is joining us!

here's some preliminary information on the talk she'll be giving on Friday April 27.

Laura Blacklow
Convergence: PhotoGraphics

With the relative accessibility of digital production and manipulation, questions about realism, as well as the issues of multiples or editions, compel both printmaking and photography to reexamine their traditional divisions as dissimilar methodologies. Historically, both techniques were used, not as art forms, but as ways of disseminating information and commercial depictions to viewers who could not see the actualities firsthand. Although we still tend to unconsciously believe that a photograph is an accurate representation, not an abstracted illusion, what happens when the camera and lens, the optical devices that provide such seeming precision, are removed from the process? or when scanners are used to create prints?

and her short bio:
Laura Blacklow is the author of “New Dimensions in Photo Processes, A Step by Step Manual for Alternative Techniques” (Focal Press, an imprint of Elsevier: 4th ed., 2007). Ms. Blacklow was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship for Works on Paper, the St. Botolph Cub’s Morton C. Bradley Award in Color for her pastelled digital photos, Polaroid Corporation’s Artist Support Program, and the Massachusetts Artists’ Foundation Fellowship for her hand-colored black-and-white photographs. She is on the faculty of the Massachusetts College of Art and the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and has also taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. Visit her website at

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