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Photoforum Live: W.M Hunt – The Unseen Eye

18 August 15:00 - 16:30

Photoforum Live: W.M Hunt – The Unseen Eye

PhotoForum Live is a series of inspirational talks by leading photographers, curators, producers and industry professionals which takes place on Tuesdays at 3PM during August and September.

W.M. – Bill – Hunt has been looking at and talking about photography for a long time initially as a collector then as a dealer, teacher and writer.  

Hunt is a champion of photography: a collector, curator and consultant who lives and works in New York. His collections have been exhibited in Europe and the US.  He recently organized an exhibition in Poland oo’s & iii’s: an unusual melange of inspired selections from the photography collections of W.M. Hunt.

The Unseen Eye, published by Thames & Hudson, Aperture and Actes Sud in 2011 presents a wonderfully idiosyncratic and compelling collection of photographs assembled around a particular theme: in each image, the gaze of the subject is averted, the face obscured or the eyes firmly closed.

Amassed over the course of more than 30 years by Mr. Hunt, the collection includes works by masters such as Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Imogen Cunningham, William Klein, Robert Mapplethorpe and Robert Frank, as well as works by lesser-known artists and vernacular images. The images are drawn together by a highly personal monologue that weaves throughout the book, in which Hunt offers his own perceptive responses to the images he has gathered over many years. 

He teaches and lectures around the world, upcoming at ICP in NYC and Maine Media Workshop.  He writes The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious and Hunt’s Three Ring Circus: American Groups before 1950, and is a contributor to l’Oeil de la Photographie. Hunt has written numerous artist monograph essays, including one for Volume II of Brian Griffin’s biography.

W.M. Hunt is an industry legend. A big fan of FORMAT he has participated in the past three biennials, as a portfolio reviewer, speaker and curator for Lottie Davies’ Quinn.

Hunt is a descendant of Harry M. Stevens who emigrated to the US from Derby in the 1880s .  HMS started as a grocer and steel puddler and went on to create the hot dog. Google him https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_M._Stevens

He loves photography.  It changed his life; it gave him one.  He can be a little rude and unpredictable.  Hope for the best.

Hosted by Louise Fedotov-Clements, produced by Debbie Cooper and Niamh Treacy.

This Photoforum talk will take place via Zoom and will be live streamed to the FORMAT Facebook events page. Registration is FREE with an optional donation to support FORMAT events and artists. Please click the booking link to secure your place.

You will receive a link to the talk once you have registered. All attendees video and audio functions will be turned off and there is no requirement to have a Zoom account to attend.

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