Patty Keller: Photography's Alchemy
Patty Keller is an assistant professor in the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences, where she researches and teaches modern and contemporary Spanish culture, literature, film, and photography. Her book, Ghostly Landscapes: Film, Photography, and the Aesthetics of Haunting in Contemporary Spanish Culture (University of Toronto Press, 2015), examines the relationship between image production, spectrality, and loss. Weaving together close readings of three distinct media from Spain's fascist and post-fascist periods — documentary newsreels, art films, and conceptual photography — Ghostly Landscapes explores the interpretive possibilities of visual constructions of loss in contemporary culture. Keller is currently working on her second book, Photography's Wound: Exposing Belief in Times of Uncertainty, a study of contemporary photography, ethics, and structures of belief.