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Jeff Wall in conversation with David Campany

16 jan 2012
Public talk
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, London.

Following the recent addition to One Work book series, Jeff Wall: Picture for Women, this event sees the artist in conversation with the book’s author, David Campany.

Jeff Wall’s work marks the migration of photography as an art form from the printed page to the gallery wall. His work over the last three decades, mainly through the use of backlit transparencies but also through large and medium-scale prints, has made a key contribution to the development of pictorialism as a technique and an idea. In this conversation, and in the spirit of the focused approach of Afterall’s One Work series, Jeff Wall will discuss in depth a small selection of images from his oeuvre with David Campany, the author of the recent Afterall book on Wall’s formative work Picture for Women (1979). This event is the Sandra Blow Memorial Lecture for 2011.

Jeff Wall was born in 1946 in Vancouver, Canada, where he lives and works. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver (2008), the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2007), Tate Modern, London (2005–06), Schaulager, Basel (2005), the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (1994) and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (1984).

David Campany is a writer, curator and Reader in Photography at the University of Westminster. His books include Art and Photography (Phaidon 2003, reprinted in 2012) and Photography and Cinema (Reaktion, 2008). Last year he co-curated ‘Anonymes: Unnamed America in Photography and Film’ at Le Bal, Paris.

Jeff Wall in conversation with David Campany

The Sandra Blow Memorial Lecture

Wednesday 23 November, 6.30pm

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design at King’s Cross

Lecture Theatre E002, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA

This event is now fully booked. Please contact Louise O’Hare ( if you require further details.

Jeff Wall: Picture for Women is part of the One Work series, which focuses on artworks that have significantly shaped the way we understand art and its history. To order the book, please visit

An audio recording of this event is available here.