SFMOMA Asks ‘Is Photography Over?’

underwaterphoto.jpgSure, freelancers are in trouble, but is it curtains for the entire field of photography? In a world of Photoshop, cell phone cameras, and Polaroid-branded iPod docking stations, what is at stake today in seeing something as a photograph? What is the value of continuing to speak of photography as a specific practice or discipline? These are the provocative questions posed by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. As part of its 75th anniversary festivities, the museum has invited thinkers and practitioners including Vince Aletti, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Peter Galassi, and Jennifer Blessing to consider the current state of photography before convening for a two-day summit on the state of the medium: “Is Photography Over?” The 13 invited participants have posted their initial responses to this question here, and those ideas will jumpstart the opening panel discussion on the evening of Thursday, April 22. Can’t be there in person? Keep an eye on SFMOMA’s blog, where a “lively public discussion” will develop.