The UNM Department of Art and Art History, with in-kind support from the University of New Mexico Art Museum, sponsors a Public Talk, "Repetition and Difference: The Dissemination of Photography," with Geoffrey Batchen, on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the new Science & Math Learning Center building, Room 102.

A Beaumont Newhall Visiting Professor of Photography, Batchen's work as a teacher, writer and curator focuses on the history of photography with a particular interest in the way that photography mediates aspects of modern life. This makes photography an especially challenging phenomenon to study and much of his work addresses the methodological task that this study poses for art history. In addition to his expertise in the general theory and historiography of photography, Batchen helped pioneer the study of vernacular photography.

Some of his important publications include: Burning with Desire: The Conception of Photography (1997), Each Wild Idea: Writing, Photography, History (2001), Forget Me Not: Photography and Remembrance (2004), William Henry Fox Talbot (2008), and Suspending Time: Life, Photography, Death (2010) and he co-edited Picturing Atrocity: Photography in Crisis (2012).

Batchen has also curated exhibitions for museums throughout Europe, North America, Japan, Brazil and Australia. He has taught at the University of California, San Diego, the University of New Mexico, the Graduate Center in New York and is currently Professor of Art History at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.