Colour Photography: From Autochrome to Cibachrome

Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre
10.00am – 6.00pm, Saturday 10 November (with registration from 9.30am)

This conference considers the fluctuating status of colour photography, from its early, paradoxical associations with artifice in relation to the ‘realism’ of black and white, to its current ubiquity in the art world and beyond. Associated with fashion and advertising for much of the 20th century, the significance of colour in a wide range of photographic projects has not been adequately explored. As 2007 marks the centenary of the Autochrome, arguably the first practical colour photographic process, it seems timely to address the ‘colour-blindness’ in many traditional histories of photography. Papers will consider a varied array of colour photographic projects, from early autochromists to the politics of colour in contemporary documentary practices to the revisiting of earlier colour processes in contemporary photography.

This conference is organized in partnership with The Photographers’ Gallery, by Dr Catherine Grant.

Speakers include: Pam Roberts, independent curator and writer; Anne Hammond, University of Western England; Helen James, The Photographers’ Gallery; Abraham Thomas, V&A Museum; JB Colson, University of Texas at Austin; Alexandra Moschovi, University of Sunderland; Anthony Downey, Sotheby’s Institute; Harriet Riches, University of Middlesex; Gawaine Weaver, Rochester Institute of Technology.

To book a place:
Please send a cheque made payable to ‘Courtauld Institute of Art’ to: Research Forum Events Co-ordinator & Administrator, Courtauld Institute of Art Research Forum, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, clearly stating that you wish to book for the ‘Colour Photography: From Autochrome to Cibachrome’ conference. Or call 020 7848 2785/2909 to make a credit card booking. For further information contact
Tickets are £10.


frank davis memorial lecture series

Writing art history
Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre
Tuesdays, 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Writing Art History is the theme for a number of Research Forum events during the academic years 2007-8, and 2008-9, beginning with the Frank Davis Memorial Lectures in Autumn 2007. The series addresses the changing role of the art historian across historical periods, and considers how art history incorporates a range of writings on art, from the novelist to the critic to the philosopher.
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The Revenge of the Spiritual: Medieval Art History After Theory
Tuesday 27 November 2007
Professor Paul Crossley (Courtauld Institute of Art)
The intellectual upheaval created by the ‘new art history’ in the 1970s and 1980s challenged connoisseurship, antiquarianism and archaeology. In its place the reformers offered a theoretical, social and secular view of the Middle Ages. In the last decade, however, a new revisionist generation have claimed that ‘theory is dead’ and are now returning to medieval art as the instrument of religious experience. In this ‘revenge of the spiritual’ what has been lost and what gained?

Alois Riegl and Classical Archaeology
Tuesday 4 December 2007
Dr Jas Elsner (Humfry Payne Senior Research Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Oxford)
This lecture addresses the significance of Riegl in the history of (especially German) Classical archaeology in the 20th century. It explores the radical differences between his reception and his memory in the twin disciplines of Classical archaeology and mainstream art history (in both of which he stands as a founding father).


Leverhulme research fellowship Award

Dr Shulamith Behr is the recipient of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship and Visiting Fellowships at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. Her research during 2007-8 will focus on Ludwig Meidner in exile.