The last decade has seen a clear shift in the operational frameworks for the production, dissemination and consumption of photographs in contemporary computerised societies. The representational apparatus of photography is being progressively converted into algorithmic and generative processes through computer automation, connectivity and algorithmic control.

Recent developments of AI systems and expanded technologies exponentially transform the possibilities for image making and the ways in which photographic images might be created and used within and beyond virtual space. While this might be exciting times for creators, thinkers and developers, it is also a pivotal moment in the history of photography, with debates taking place about its materiality, social function and essence. Through this conference, we aim to develop a communal discussion, inform critiques and thinking on the making of ‘virtual photography’.

This conference is convened by David Bate, Professor of Photography, University of Westminster, UK, Dr Paula Gortázar, Senior Lecturer in Photography, University of Westminster, UK and The Photographers’ Gallery digital programme.

Please note, this event will be held online and in person.

Find out more and book tickets on the Photographers’ Gallery website here.