Curator of photography Gregory Harris joins Joe and Matthew at a special location to talk curation, types of photography, museum culture, and the ins and outs of such institutional challenges as wall text.

Specifically, they examine social documentary and the differences among related genres. Technology shifts across decades are put into context. “Film vs Digital” is observed as a minor inflection point.

Of course, all of this requires the splitting of hairs. Gregory turns out to be a dog guy. The phrase “geometric dislocation” is introduced into the Brain Fuzz lexicon.

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Who Is Gregory Harris?

Gregory Harris, photography curator at the High MuseumGregory Harris is the Associate Curator of Photography at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. He is a specialist in contemporary photography with a particular interest in documentary practice. Since joining the High in 2016, Harris has curated the exhibitions Way Out There: The Art of Southern Backroads and Look Again: 40 Years of Collecting Photographs as well as solo shows with Thomas Struth, Paul Graham, and Amy Elkins. He recently lead the expansion and installation of the High new photography galleries.

Before joining the High, Harris was the Assistant Curator at the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago. He previously held curatorial positions in the Photography Department at the Art Institute of Chicago. Harris has also contributed essays to monographs by Matthew Brandt, Paul D’Amato, Amy Elkins, Jill Frank, and the Metabolic Studio.

In addition to his curatorial work, Harris is a member of the Advisory Council of Atlanta Celebrates Photography. He earned a BFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago, and an MA in art history from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Bio and photo courtesy of the High Museum of Art

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