A two-day symposium and concurrent photographic exhibition in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Hurley Gallery that will gather photo-based artists, writers, curators, historians, and graduate and undergraduate students to explore photography’s instability, fallibility, and its troubled relationship to the document.

Organized by Deana Lawson, Princeton University’s Dorothy Krauklis ’78 Professor of Visual Arts, in collaboration with Jeff Whetstone, Director of the Program in Visual Arts, and James Welling, Lecturer with the Rank of Professor of Visual Arts.

The symposium is supported in part by a Princeton Humanities Council David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project grant.

Further details and registration information to be posted by early September 2024.


A symposium will take place on October 10 & 11, 2024, in the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton University campus. Admission details TBA.


An exhibition will be on view in the Hurley Gallery at the Lewis Arts complex co-curated by Deana Lawson and Michael Famighetti, editor-in-chief of Aperture magazine. Dates TBA. Free and open to the public.

Public Conversation

A conversation will take place at 8 p.m. on October 10 at Richardson Auditorium on the Princeton campus. Free and open to the public.


Get directions to the Lewis Arts complex, located at 122 Alexander Street on the Princeton University campus in Princeton, New Jersey.


symbol for wheelchair accessibilityThe Lewis Arts complex is an accessible venue. Guests in need of other access accommodations are asked to contact the Lewis Center at 609-258-5262 or at at least one week prior to the event date.




Banner image: Self Portrait While Buried #1, by Jenny Calivas.

Presented By

  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Program in Visual Arts