A conversation between Joshua Chang, Brian Wallis and Artur Walther

Joshua Chuang 

Joshua Chuang is the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Associate Director for Art, Prints and Photographs and Robert B. Menschel Senior Curator of Photography at the New York Public Library. Among the exhibitions and publications he has organized are Robert Adams: The Place We Live (2010), Blue Prints: The Pioneering Photographs of Anna Atkins (2018), and Santu Mofokeng: Stories (2019).

Artur Walther

Artur Walther is the founder of The Walther Collection, and one of the leading collectors of photography in the world today. Born and raised in Ulm, Germany, Artur graduated with an M.A. from the University of Regensburg in 1975, and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1977. Artur spent his professional career on Wall Street, and following his retirement in the mid-1990s, he began studying and collecting photography. His collection has since grown to represent some of the most important contributions in contemporary African and Asian photography and video art, American vernacular photography, and nineteenth-century photographs from Europe and Africa.

The Walther Collection

The Walther Collection is an art foundation dedicated to the critical understanding of historical and contemporary photography and related media. Through a program of international exhibitions, in-depth collecting, original research, and scholarly publications, The Walther Collection aims to highlight the social uses of photography and to expand the history of the medium worldwide. At its three-building campus in Neu-Ulm, Germany, its Project Space in New York City, and with traveling installations worldwide, The Walther Collection presents thematic and monographic exhibitions drawn from its expansive holdings of modern and contemporary photography and media art from Africa, China, Japan, Europe, and the Americas, and as well as vernacular lens-based imagery from across the globe. The collection’s exhibition program is complemented by public lectures and screenings, international scholarly symposia, and a critically acclaimed series of catalogues and monographs co-published by Steidl.