for people who haven’t checked out the new issue of Aperture, go HERE to read “Nine Years, A Million Conceptual Miles” by Charlotte Cotton
“Contemporary art photographers are opening up new ways of thinking about the medium. Are institutions ready for this wave of photographic innovation?”
“…Watching these developments, I’ve oscillated between feeling we are on the cusp of seeing unimaginably brilliant, liberated, and different iterations of photographic ideas in a wholesale digital world, and being worried that we may be marking the cynical end of a once-central visual medium that is now being put out to a niche pasture.
My own drama over this problematic cultural paradigm doesn’t stem from a sense of photographic practice per se becoming redundant in its capability for social and cultural awakening. Far from it. Instead, it comes from a genuine concern that the very mechanisms of the medium’s dissemination—publishing houses, museums, commercial galleries, and art schools—that could be seen as having won the good fight to legitimize photography as a contemporary art form with its own medium-specific history are becoming part of the problem. These structures, with their gamut of agendas, unwittingly risk placing a stranglehold upon the evolution of the medium.”
(above: Kate Steciw)