How I think of photography.
Updated: Nov 2
The Image: The picture represents reality through various lens-based mass distribution methods. Social media, images of celebrities from the Queen of England to Sojourner Truth to Kim Kardashian. Products. Representation. Propaganda.
The Process: The “magic” of the chemical action of light through various historical methods. Metaphoric, poetic, mysterious, experimental. Rebellious, a push against the “mainstream.” Alchemy.
The Ideas: Various philosophies about or influenced by photography. Walter Benjamin, Siegfried Kracauer, Vilem Flusser, Susan Sontag, Deborah Bright, Deborah Willis, James Elkins, Roland Barths, etc.: what people think about photography.
The Influence: Eating disorders, Online dating, Protests, Porn, Click-bait, Deep Fakes. Crisis actors, “X-factor:” what people do because of photography. And what society has become because of photography.