Picturing Tragedy Philip Montgomery & Kathy Ryan

Foam presents a podcast series around the exhibition Foam Talent 2020. Listen to Foam Talks: Talent Edition to dive deeper into the portfolios of this year's Foam Talents.
Image from the series Flash Points © Philip Montgomery, courtesy of the artist

This first episode of Foam Talks: Talent Edition is a conversation with New York based photographer Philip Montgomery, and the Director of Photography of The New York Times Magazine, Kathy Ryan. They have worked together on the occasion of different editorial assignments Ryan gave to Montgomery, in which both constantly seek to balance the fine line between photojournalism and fine art. Starting point of the conversation is Montgomery’s series Flash Points, with which he features in Foam Magazine’s Talent Issue of 2020 and the subsequent exhibition.

Foam produced this episode as part of a special series of podcasts on the occasion of Foam Talent 2020. Each episode focusses on one artist aiming to evoke a conversation around their approach, offer an insight into the discourses surrounding a specific project, contextualizing it within the photography field while not forgetting the personal stories and dreams behind it. In addition, each conversation features a special guest that has a shared professional or personal connection to the artist. The encounters are moderated by Mirjam Kooiman, curator of this year's Foam Talent exhibition.


Concept: Mirjam Kooiman and Amelie Schüle

Production: Nordin Janssen

Mastering & Mixing: Andersen Audio Productions

The Foam Talent programme and the annual Talent issue of Foam Magazine are supported by The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, the VandenEnde Foundation and the Niemeijer Fund.

Foam Talent is made possible by Kleurgamma Fine-Art Photolab, Starframe, Oschatz Visuelle Medien and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

Foam Magazine is sponsored by Igepa Netherlands BV, supplier of excellent paper.

Media partner: DAZED

Foam is supported by the VriendenLoterij, Foam Members, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, the VandenEnde Foundation and the City of Amsterdam.

In 2021 Foam receives additional support from the Mondriaan Fund and Kickstart Cultuurfonds.

Image from the series Flash Points © Philip Montgomery, courtesy of the artist

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Picturing Tragedy Philip Montgomery & Kathy Ryan