This year has seen the Library of Birmingham undertake one of its largest and indeed most ambitious photography projects leading up to the launch of the new building.

Reference Works is a major new photography commission spearheaded by four leading photographers (Michael Collins, Brian Griffin, Andrew Lacon and Stuart Whipps) as they document the transition and relocation of the Library.

For Michael Collins, one of the wonders of photography is that a photograph can record and show far more than could be observed at the time and occasion of the exposure. This is what he regards as the “long look” of photography. Moreover, he subscribes to the understanding that, subtly or otherwise, it will reveal the nature of the engagement between the photographer and the subject. In his “Reference Works” lecture, Collins will discuss these principles, and relate how they inform his work on the Library of Birmingham project.

Michael Collins is an artist who has had his work exhibited widely in Britain and the USA. He is the author of “Record Pictures: Photographs from the Archives of the Institution of Civil Engineers” (Steidl 2004). His exhibition “Birmingham Site Specific: Factories” was held in Hockley in 2006.

The event is part of a series of Photographers Talks linked to REFERENCE WORKS, the Library of Birmingham Photography Project.

Tuesday 4 December 2012

2.00 – 3.30pm

Birmingham City University, Visual Communication, Gosta Green, Birmingham

Admission Free

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