Contemporary Trends in Photography 

My recent lecture at the B&H Event Space is now up for watching! As in instructor I love to teach topics of interest to me and I only hope that my curiosity and excitement translate through the presentation. This is one of those topics for me - the crossroads of Contemporary Trends in Photography with the History of Photography. Here, I discuss four major trends happening currently, and I trace their lineage to early beginnings in Photographic History. Enjoy! And thanks to B&H!

Contemporary Trends in Photography. 
by Eileen Rafferty


  1. I just watched it and loved it. My wish is that they will have you back to give a presentation on Post-modernism since you didn't have the time to do that.

  2. Hi Eileen, Loved the presentation on B&H and, like Luis, looking forward to a 2 hour lecture on just Post-Modernism in photography also. Thank you for sharing your passion and knowledge like this. Learned a lot and enjoyed it even more.


talking with you.
about the state of the world.
and where we fit in.
crunching leaves...

moving through. simply.

airplane graveyard.
you stand among the ruins.
delicate and hopeful and young. busted up fuselage. your dress so fitted and pressed.
motionless. burned out wings.
not knowing if the remains are yours.
injured girl.
rusting yellow metal in heaps. lush green grass grows around you. as the bright country sun lights up your hair.
sun flare obscures your face and shoulder.
but you remain.
a giant among the battered pieces.
of this airplane graveyard.
and your world.

once we were best friends. without even knowing.
it's your turn to turn off the light.

once we were alike. without even knowing.
watching thunderstorms on the patio.

once we were confidantes. without even knowing.
we didn’t know what secrets were.

once we were happy. without even knowing.
that goodness meant we were together.

. you whispered. i heard it. i am sure.

grow. i whispered back. on the breeze that blew between us.

grow. i feel it. but i sit here in defiance.

grow. you know it. and you thrust out your shoots, without intention.

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grow. i am trying. but i cannot keep up with you.

grow. you show me. let me learn from your strength.

grow. i whispered. did i hear it? i am sure.