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Theatre and Photography: Joel Anderson in conversation with Zuleikha Chaudhari

Following the introduction of the Theatre Photography Grant in August 2020, the Alkazi Theatre Archives has initiated a series of talks on theatre photography as well as exploring the relationship between theatre and photography. The first conversation with Dr. Erdmut Wizisla (Director of the Brecht and the Benjamin Archives, Berlin) focussed on Bertolt Brecht’s photobook, ‘War Primer’. The second talk in the series was with Naveen Kishore on his experience with theatre and photography. The following conversation is with Dr. Joel Anderson.

In his book, ‘Theatre and Photography’ (2015), as well as his recent publication, The Theatre of Photography: An Interdisciplinary Duologue (2019), co-authored with Wiebke Leister, Dr. Anderson delves into the complex understanding of theatre and photography, two practices, which situate themselves in a paradoxical relation with each other. While on one hand, theatre and photography drastically differ from each other in terms of space, time and representational forms, Dr. Anderson discusses these practices as methodologies for one another’s making and understanding. Through his writings, Dr. Anderson reads theatre and photography through “acts of translation between different media, translating from event into image, remediating from the position of photography into theatre, and back into former or different media states, as practices of re-writing their intermedial and interdisciplinary aspects.” [1]

 Anderson, J. & Leister, W. (2019). The Theatre of Photography: An Interdisciplinary Duologue. Sens public, p.6.