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Debate: The Image is Dead. Long Live the Image!

Martin Parr, Hong Kong, 2013
Public lectures | Seminars

What are the challenges for image use and image-making in a world where the image is ubiquitous?

  • From: Wednesday 3 December 2014, 6 pm
  • To: Wednesday 3 December 2014, 8.30 pm
  • Location: Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
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What are the challenges for image use and image-making in a world where the image is ubiquitous?

In recent years, the internet has visually 'educated' people to a remarkable extent, to the point of image overload – so many images available and so little time to engage with them.

In today's digital culture, where everyone can use anyone else's images and make of them what they please, there are many issues to consider and explore, for both artists and educators in art and design. Can we have faith in the image as a document? What are the implications for copyright, creativity and education? Does the unfettered use of others' images confirm the ideas of the re-appropriation artists of the 1980s or have we moved beyond what could have been imagined in the pre-digital era?

Who now owns the image? And does it matter?

Panel members include:

  • Vanessa Brown (Chair), Senior Lecturer in Design Culture and Context, Nottingham Trent University
  • Jenny Godfrey, Information Advisor and Visual Resources, Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Wayne Hemingway, Designer and founder, Hemingway Design and Red or Dead
  • Gary Needham, Senior Lecturer, College of Arts and Science, Nottingham Trent University
  • Martin Parr, International award-winning Magnum photographer, photo-journalist and author

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Location details


Newton building, Main Entrance


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street


There is no parking available at the University itself, but there are many car parking facilities within a couple of minutes walking distance. The nearest car park is Talbot Street Car Park. If using this car park please exit onto Chaucer Street.

Travel Info:

If you are travelling to Nottingham by car the fastest and easiest way to get to the Newton building is by using the city's park and ride tram service. NET Trams depart every ten minutes from the Phoenix Park and Hucknall sites and takes you directly into the city within 20 minutes. The cost of a day travel ticket is £3.50.

The tram is also convenient if you are travelling by train. Trams also depart from Nottingham Train Station at ten minute intervals. You can alight at either the Royal Centre or Nottingham Trent University tram stop as they are equidistant to the Newton building.

For further information about the Nottingham Express Transit (NET) service please refer to their website.

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