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August 2016 – Postfactualism

Elaine Robson will introduce Postfactualism for this months theme on Thursday 4th August from 7pm at Stills.

As we progress through referendums, leadership elections and are bombarded with the USA presidential candidate races, the “truthiness” (Colbert Report) of facts as they are presented to us becomes more and more in question.

Looking through Adam Broomberg’s instagram he reposted a quote from the comments section of a Brexit story in the Financial Times which went viral. The quote seems to define the next era, how we move beyond the age of postmodernism into the era of postfactualism.

Nicholas Barrett posted –  “…Thirdly and perhaps most significantly, we now live in a post-factual democracy. When the facts met the myths they were useless as bullets bouncing off the bodies of aliens in a HG Wells novel. When Michael Gove said ‘the British people are sick of experts’ he was right. But can anybody tell me the last time a prevailing culture of anti-intellectualism has lead to anything other than bigotry?”

I’ll be taking a non-partisan look at how images are used to form and support the stories being told by politicians and public figures – often at the expense of verified facts. I hope people will bring in images of their own coverage of events or examples of “truthiness” and postfactualism in action.

If anyone has particular images from the press they would like mentioned please email a link.

Please donate £3 directly to Stills on the night to help them maintain the gallery.

Reality – ideas.

Just a reminder of tomorrow’s DCC meeting at Stills, starting at 7pm with the theme Reality.

I’m planning to talk briefly at the start about the relationship between photography and the idea of reality. I’ll show some examples from vernacular and news photography, and look at how the reality/unreality of the photographs surrounding us might influence the way that ‘artistic’ photography is practised and seen.

Some photographers that may be of interest…

James Casebere
Luc Delahaye
Thomas Demand
Andreas Gursky
Mishka Henner
David Hockney
Peter Kennard & Cat Phillipps
Dorothea Lange
Richard Mosse
Zander Olsen
Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs
Viviene Sassen

A suggested £3 donation to attend the DCC goes directly to Stills to help its running costs .



Our next meeting will be at Stills on Thursday 6th of August, starting at 7pm.

George Clerk will host an evening on Reality –

Since the early days of photography the medium has shared an uneasy relationship with the idea of reality.

Photographers such as Muybridge have attempted to use photography to prove or demonstrate truth about the real world. Others have sought to exploit photography’s apparent believability, with the Cottingley Fairies appearing (and often believed) to capture small fairies, or the removal of Leon Trotsky from photographs released by Stalin, having some success in altering the perception of history.

Many artists have used this apparent connection between photography and reality. Some potential examples: Jeff Wall, Dorothea Lange, Broomberg and Chanarin, David Hockney, Andreas Gursky, Alexander Rodchenko and Thomas Demand.

A suggested £3 donation to attend the DCC goes directly to Stills to help its running costs .


The next DCC meeting on the 7th August has the theme of ‘north’ & as always interpret this how you like.

You could think of the relative nature of the word, where one person’s north may be another’s south. You could think of it as a direction, but even that’s relative: magnetic or absolute north or even ‘up’. Then there’s the place, the north may mean Birmingham, Edinburgh, Norway or Queensland depending on where you live. Other areas for exploration may be what the word ‘northern’ evokes: ice, industrial wastelands, beautiful mountains, humour, etc.

Maybe you could bring a photo of yours taken from the furthest north you’ve been, or one looking north from where you live?

Looking forward to seeing your creations.


John Sharp

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