"Given the power and pervasiveness of photography in both art and everyday life, what is the significance of the rapid and fundamental changes that the field is undergoing? How have social media, digital cameras, and amateur photojournalism altered the way photographs capture the everyday, define current events, and steer social and political movements? How have photographers responded to these shifting conditions, as well as to the new ways in which images are understood, shared, and consumed? How have our expectations of photography changed?
This symposium, which took place on March 16, 2014, considered these questions and assessed the ways in which photography matters now more than ever. Bearing Witness was convened by Erin O'Toole, associate curator of photography, and Dominic Willsdon, Leanne and George Roberts Curator of Education and Public Programs, SFMOMA."
Watch the full symposium and read about the participants here.