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Luc Delahaye in Conversation

Date: Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
Admission: Free; reservations required.

"If an image is powerful enough, if it resists us, if, by its obscure coherence, part of it escapes our understanding, then it means that something has been won from reality."

—Artist's statement, "Luc Delahaye: Snap Decision," Art Press, 2005

Luc Delahaye, one of the foremost photographers of our time, and New York Times senior picture editor and photography writer Philip Gefter, discuss the exhibition Recent History: Photographs by Luc Delahaye (on view July 31–November 25, 2007), as well as the artist's unique approach to capturing world events. Learn how Delahaye's photos explore the ambivalent connection between fiction and reality and how this challenges the viewer's experience and interpretation. Gefter will discuss how he looks for journalistic and artistic qualities when selecting photos for new stories. Their conversation will explore the shifting boundaries between art and news photography. Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear two distinctive viewpoints on the role of photography in our world today.

About Luc Delahaye
For more than two decades, Luc Delahaye has photographed world events. As a photojournalist working for magazines such as Newsweek, he specialized in war photography and has received numerous awards. Delahaye made a name for himself with his coverage of conflicts in Lebanon, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Chechnya, and Bosnia in the 1990s. His work ranges from documentary portraits to explorations of social issues. Since 2001, he has dedicated himself to large-scale photographic series of current events, 10 of which will be featured in the exhibition Recent History: Photographs by Luc Delahaye—the first West Coast presentation of his work.

About Philip Gefter
Seasoned journalist Philip Gefter takes his job as senior picture editor and photography writer for the New York Times very seriously. When Gefter considers photos for the paper, he understands that there is a careful balance between words and images and offers his expertise as well as his personal convictions about objectivity, truth, and art. For him, pictures aren't simply illustrative additions to a story but rather "edifying" and integral illuminations to the news report. No stranger to the art world, he holds a BFA from Pratt Institute, studied at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and was on the graduate faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute. He has also curated a number of photography exhibitions and is a published author.

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Photographs by Luc Delahaye