Thursday, September 20, 2012
In the age of cameras, are we seeing better photographs?
If we had a magic ticket to go anywhere to see any art exhibit this week, we would go to the international festival of photojournalism in Perpignan, France, where we could view the greatest photojournalist work from around the world in exhibitions across the city. Evening screenings are in the dramatic open air medieval enclosure of the Campo Santo.
This exhibition is in an age where photographs are everywhere. Many people have a camera in their phone, and over 380 million photos are uploaded on Facebook every day.
One philosophy on the subject of art is that if you give people the tools, and the artist within will naturally emerge. Now that virtually everyone has a camera, did this happen? Are we seeing better images on a daily basis?
We like the quote from James Estrin from the New York Times Online "Just as access to pens and paper hasn't produced thousands of Shakespears or Nobokovs, this explosion of camera phones doesn't seem to have led to more Dorthea Langes or Henri-Cartier Bressons. But it has certainly led to more images of what people ate at lunch....
We are so bombarded with so much visual stimuli via the Web and social media that it becomes almost impossible to rise above the flood of images. And if everyone likes everything, no one photograph is better than another. "
See info about the festival in Perpignan here: http://www.visapourlimage.com/index.do
Read the entire article by James Estrin here: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/07/in-an-age-of-likes-commonplace-images-prevail/?pagewanted=all