Photography, Archives, and Apophenia: Lukas Felzmann on the Intersection of Nature and Culture
This lecture will trace Lukas Felzmann’s work across time and the western
landscapes as seen through the lens of contemporary photography
. From New Mexico and Nevada across California and all the way out to the
Farallon Islands, Felzmann will talk about building archives and how this led
him to book making, presenting work from all six of his monographs, focusing on
and ending withApophenia his most recent publication. Apophenia is the human
tendency to perceive meaningful patterns with random information, and, his
latest monograph is a weaving together of a collection of historic postcards
sent to his father paired with his stunning photographs. The talk will focus on
Felzmann’s approach to photography that connects the environment with humanity,
intuition versus concepts, and his plans for a future digital photo archive of
California supported by a recent Guggenheim fellowship.
Lukas Felzmann is an artist, author, and educator who taught photography at
Stanford for 25 years before retiring in June 2018. He is currently an
Affiliated Scholar at the Bill Lane Center and a 2018-19 Guggenheim Fellow.