March 25, 2011
Welling and Michaels at The Photographic Universe
By (UIC) and (University of California, Los Angeles)

Video of James Welling and Walter Benn Michaels in conversation from the conference The Photographic Universe, March 2-3 at Parsons The New School for Design.

Reposted from the conference website. Thanks to Parsons for permission.

About the Authors

Walter Benn Michaels recently published The Beauty of a Social Problem (Chicago, 2016). His other books include The Gold Standard and the Logic of Naturalism: American Literature at the Turn of the Century; Our America: Nativism, Modernism, and Pluralism; The Shape of the Signifier: 1967 to the End of History; and The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality. Recent articles—some on literature, some on photography, and some on politics—have appeared in such journals as PMLA, New Labor Forum, and Le Monde diplomatique.

James Welling's books include Glass House (2011); Light Sources published by Steidl/Mack (2011); Flowers (2006); Photographs 1974-99 (2000); Wolfsburg (1994); Usines de Dentelle (1993); and Les Voies Ferrées/St. Etienne et La Plaine du Forez (1990). In 2004, Welling produced the feature film Easy which screened in Dramatic Competition at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.


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