photos by Melinda Ingram
Gordon Watkinson presented the first Harrison Lecture on Friday, Sept. 13, at 4 p.m. in the Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium.
The photographer discussed his work as a commercial photographer, which includes a broad range of clients from the fields of advertising, architecture, design and fashion.
During a trip to the Bauhaus School in Dessau/Germany in the late 1990s, Watkinson said he was introduced to the role of design as a solution to social issues, which became the catalyst for an intense and ongoing interaction with modernist design and its different iterations in and outside of Europe.
Watkinson has lectured internationally, most notably at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo/Norway and at the Bauhaus-University in Weimar/Germany.
His work is in the permanent collection of the German Architecture Museum, Frankfurt/Germany and in various private collections.
Watkinson also hosted a photography workshop for architecture students during his visit to Starkville. (See more.)
Tau Sigma Delta hosted a reception following the lecture.
The next lecture will be on held Oct. 18 with Jennifer Bonner.