Memory in the Time of Disposable Imagery

17 Jan 2017 2016 TALKS

This panel with Haviv and professor/cultural critic Lauren Walsh explores the instability of memory in the age of instantaneous, disposable imagery.

Memory in the Time of Disposable Imagery

Featuring: Ron Haviv, Lauren Walsh

Presented in partnership with

The Lost Rolls in partnership with FUJIFILM North America and PhotoShelter








Sunday, September 25 | 2:00-2:45PM
Location: Photoville Pavilion (60 Water Street Storefront)

In 2015, photojournalist Ron Haviv processed 200 rolls of his own previously overlooked, undeveloped film. These images, in his book The Lost Rolls, offer a meditation on the artifacts we use to record and remember history, how those artifacts change over time, and how our relationship to images and memories is evolving with the shift from analog film to digital. This panel with Haviv and professor/cultural critic Lauren Walsh explores the instability of memory in the age of instantaneous, disposable imagery. Platforms like Snapchat permit an ephemerality that shapes how we use pictures, making them more of an “in-the- moment” language than a record of our past. How will we remember our today in the future?


ron_haviv_portrait-v2Ron Haviv, an Emmy-nominated, award-winning photojournalist and co-founder of the photo agency VII, has dedicated his career to documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe.

Haviv has covered more than 25 conflicts and worked more than 100 countries. His work has been featured in numerous museums and galleries, including the Louvre, the United Nations, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Haviv’s photographs are in collections at The Houston Museum of Fine Arts and George Eastman House among others, as well as numerous private collections.

His first photography book, Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, was called “One of the best non-fiction books of the year” by The Los Angeles Times and “A chilling but vastly important record of a people’s suffering” by Newsweek. His other monographs are Afghanistan: The Road to Kabul and Haiti: 12 January 2010. His latest book, The Lost Rolls, was described by The Washington Post as “The magical photos recovered from over 200 lost rolls of film… An odd family photo album in which the kin are the people and places that have defined global politics and culture in the past quarter century.”


lauren-walshLauren Walsh is a professor and writer. She teaches at The New School and NYU, where she is the Director of NYU Gallatin’s Summer Photojournalism Lab. Her classes focus on the history of photography, contemporary visual culture, war reportage, and journalistic ethics. Walsh is co-editor of The Future of Text and Image (2012) and editor of the forthcoming Parallel States, a photography book documenting the long-term conflict in Colombia. She has been published in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Photography and Culture, The Romanic Review, The Journal of American History, The New Republic, and Nomadikon among others, and has articles in numerous anthologies. She appears on CNN as a scholar of photography and digital culture as well as in the documentary, 9/11: Ten Years Later (2011). Walsh’s research concentrates on questions of memory and visual media. Her book in progress, Conversations on Conflict Photography, explores public response to photographic coverage of war and humanitarian crises. She holds a PhD from Columbia University.