Farhad discusses the discrepancy between his experience as a photojournalist with his experience as a viewer of photographs, how does this relate to his concept of invisible presence and visible absence?

the question is : Farhad discusses the discrepancy between his experience as a photojournalist with his experience as a viewer of photographs, how does this relate to his concept of invisible presence and visible absence?

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Here are some notes on the main themes of the lecture for those who may need:

Guest Lecture #1: Farhad Bahram.

  • Parental Impact
    • Mother: loving and guiding = Invisible Presence
    • Father: monitoring and managing= Visible Absence
  • Experience in Iran
    • Centered in Tehran as a photojournalist
    • Focused on indigenous peoples and cultural forms
    • Turning point in thinking a few years in
      • Noticed disconnect between the memory of the event and what the photograph communicated
      • Though mutual trust should create artistic accuracy
    • Central Iranian Weaving in Koshan
      • Famed and highly artistic technique on the edge of extinction
      • 5 Master Weavers interviewed over a week (?) ish
      • Experience creating out art near weavers led Farahad to pursue his own creation (yarn branches)
      • Sees how photos lack the animation of memory
  • How can memory be communicated through art?
    • Transition away from exclusively photojournalism
    • Identified conflict between Denotation (lingual meaning) and Connotation (associated meaning)
 
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