A Center Initiative

Interviews

Tune-in and connect to diverse voices working with lens-based media. Hosted by Executive Director, Laura Wzorek Pressley, the CENTER podcasts series provides insights on contemporary image makers and industry leaders.

Interview Host
Laura Wzorek Pressley

Laura Wzorek Pressley
© Gabriella Marks

Recorded

9.20.20

Queering the Biennial

Executive Director Laura Wzorek Pressley in conversation with Rubén Esparza, Independent Curator, Artists, Founder + Director, Queer Biennial discussing the genesis of the Queer Biennial, experimentation and his impressions of the submissions and winners of the 2020 CENTER Director’s Choice Awards

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9.25.20

Conversations in Time

Executive Director Laura Wzorek Pressley in conversation with Ann Thomas, Senior Curator of Photographs at the National Gallery of Canada discussing themes from the essay “From Conversations in Time to New Narratives: Building Photograph Collections for the Future."

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10.7.20

Behind The Visuals Of NPR

Executive Director Laura Wzorek Pressley in conversation with Nicole Werbeck, Senior Supervising Editor for Visuals and Engagement, NPR, discussing service journalism, the empathetic response and Nicole’s experience of "this past year with the pandemic, photographers are the only people that often have been out; and they are the ones finding the stories".

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Written

9.10.20

An Interview with Rafael Soldi

Rafael Soldi is in conversation with Matthew Contos, Curator of Public Engagement, about the personal and political, public and private constructs, and more from his winning project in this written interview.

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9.25.20

An Interview with Virgil DiBiase

Positioned at the intersection of Neurology and Photography, Virgil DiBiase creates stunning works with his patients depicting the complexities of living with dementia. Matthew Contos, Curator of Public Engagement, speaks with DiBiase about how his photographic practice shifted his relationship with his patients from doctor, to friend, and resulted in a stunning collection of photographs.

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10.6.20

An Interview with Catherine Hyland

Catherine Hyland shares her project, Traces Left Behind, and describes the collaborative process that brought the work to fruition. Hyland and Matthew Contos, Curator of Public Engagement, traverse the subjects of place, identity, memory, and the capacity for rewriting narratives against the backdrop of nationalist oppression. Created with North Korean defectors of the New Malden community in London, Traces Left Behind presents the beauty of personal agency in deciphering one’s power in preserving culture.

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12.3.20

An Interview with Cody Bratt

Cody Bratt shares his project, The Other Stories, and explores what has been passed down to him through the generations -- Bratt credits his grandfather for introducing him to photography and even mentions the 1952 Hasselblad he gave him. This project is centered on the untold stories of substance abuse, domestic violence, and neglect.

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Interview Host
Laura Wzorek Pressley

Laura Wzorek Pressley
© Gabriella Marks