The University of New Mexico School of Architecture and Planning and the French national landscape architecture school (Ecole nationale supérieure du paysage de Versailles) present a conference on the role of photography in changing conceptions of landscape, Thursday - Saturday, Oct. 15 – 17 in Albuquerque. This French-American dialogue includes eight photographers, landscape architects, and historians from each country.

The conference features a three-year French research initiative on the interface of landscape, photography and theory, as well as contributors to the new book, Drawn to Landscape: The Pioneering Work of J. B. Jackson, which debuts at the conference.

“This conference highlights the pivotal role that New Mexicans played in a new appreciation of the everyday cultural landscapes,” said UNM Professor Chris Wilson. “The leading theorist J. B. Jackson published his influential magazine Landscape from Santa Fe in the 1950s and 60s. While the UNM art department was ground zero in the 1970s for the New Topographics photographers who lavished as much care on post-war suburbia as an early generation had on natural wonders and historic monuments.”

In addition to two days of talks and discussions, the conference includes social events, film screenings and photographic exhibitions. Two of these exhibits will be open to the public:

“Vernacular in Place: Old and New Topographic Photography,” UNM Art Museum, Thursday, Oct. 16 - Saturday, Dec.12.

 “Photographic Notes on the Road: J. B. Jackson, 1955-1989,” UNM School of Architecture and Planning Gallery, Wednesday, Oct.15 - Monday, Nov. 9.

For more information on the conference, speaker bios, and events schedule, and to register, visit the conference website.

French Speakers: Monique Sicard, Jordi Ballesta, Bruno Notteboom, Frédéric Pousin, Sabine Delcour, Marie-Madeleine Ozdoba, Raphaële Bertho, Lin Chi-Ming.

 U. S. Speakers: Timothy Davis, Paul Groth, Helen L. Horowitz, Matthew Coolidge, Miguel Gandert, Laurie Olin, Lucy Lippard, Chris Wilson.

Session Chairs: Brian Goldstein, Richard Longstreth, Chester Liebs, Virginia Scharff, Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Katya Crawford, Laura Harjo.