Lauren Walsh is coeditor of The Future of Text and Image: Collected Essays on Literary and Visual Conjunctures (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012) and editor of the forthcoming Parallel States, a photo book documenting the long-term conflict in Colombia. Walsh has published in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Photography and Culture, The Romanic Review, The Journal of American History, The New Republic, and Nomadikon, among others. She contributes to Reading the Pictures and has articles in numerous anthologies. In addition to her appearances on CNN, Walsh has appeared on radio programs and as an expert on photography in the documentary 9/11: Ten Years Later (2011).
Her research concentrates on questions of memory and visual media. She is interested in the politics and ethics of photography, and in exploring intersections of literature and visual culture. Walsh focuses particularly on photojournalism, with a specialty in conflict photography. Her book-in-progress, Conversations on Conflict Photography, explores public response to photographic coverage of war and humanitarian crises.
Walsh is the director of Gallatin’s Summer Photojournalism Lab.
Teaching and Research Interests
Photography (theory, culture, history of, ethics, in literature); Media studies and critical theory; 20th- and 21st-century literature; Memory studies; Visual culture; War Reportage; Journalism and social activism
B.A. Comparative Literature,, Columbia University, 2000 M.A. English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2002 M.Phil. English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2004 Ph.D. English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University, 2008
Professor Lauren Walsh gave the keynote, “Iconic Photos and their Impact on Society—Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” at the 2016 LDV Capital Vision Summit in New York, New York, in May 2016.
Walsh’s essay “Text, Image, Memory: Intermediality in the work of Péter Nádas” appears in Hungarian Literature and Its Intercultural Contexts: Translation, Cultural Memory, Comparative Scholarship, edited by András Kiséry, Zsolt Komaromy, and Zsuzsanna Varga (2016).
Walsh wrote the introductory essay, “Swimming in the Unreliable Shadow of Memory,” for Ron Haviv’s The Lost Rolls (2015), which won an American Photography juried award (2016). Her related piece “The Lost Rolls and the Unreliable Shadow of Memory” ran in the New Republic in March 2016.
In April 2016, Walsh gave a talk on archival photos as part of the Double Take reading series at Apexart in NYC.
In February 2016, Walsh gave a PechaKucha talk, “The Nature of Memory, the Design of Images” at Gallatin.
Her translation (from the French) of “New Tendencies in Jazz” by Albert Murray appears in Murray Talks Music, edited by Paul Devlin (2016).
Walsh spoke at Columbia University on Albert Murray and Thomas Mann in February 2016.
With Keith Miller, Walsh curated the photo show Lost to History: Covering Conflict in the Age of the Eternal Present, held in The Gallatin Galleries from September 16 to October 14, 2015.
In July 2015, Walsh spoke at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, giving a talk titled “Souvenir, Trophy, Crime: Photography and War in the Digital Age.”
In November 2014, Walsh gave the closing address at the symposium Albert Murray: His Life and Work, at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City.
Her book-in-progress, Conversations on Conflict Photography, focuses on coverage of war and humanitarian crises.
Walsh’s other current project, a joint endeavor with Ron Haviv called Biography of a Photo, took her to Panama over the 2016 spring break, where she and Haviv met with President Juan Carlos Varela, among others, about their research.
In December 2016, Walsh will give a talk with Ron Haviv about their current research at the Casa Santa Ana cultural foundation in Panama.
Walsh’s forthcoming interview with photojournalist Michael Christopher Brown, on his coverage of the 2011 Libyan revolution, will appear in Hyperallergic.