Joan Fontcuberta surveys the work of around twenty photographers born after 1970 who share a critical view of the new situation. The earliest photographers grew up in the visual culture of painting; later generations took cinema—and then TV—as their visual reference. Now Internet has burst onto the scene as a universe that shapes contemporary perspectives. A universe characterised by an endless flow of images.
This mass production of photographs may be regarded as an effect of post-capitalism and globalization, prompted by a succession of technological and cultural innovations. The new context has rewritten the rules of the image game. The values of “solid” photography underpinned by the techno-scientific culture and the industrial economy of the nineteenth century have been replaced by those of “liquid” photography, based on the virtual culture and information economies of the twenty-first century. Photography 2.0 focuses on these changes through an examination of the situation in Spain, where a whole new wave of young photographers are currently engaged in a critical appraisal of the new situation.
The exhibition comprises three sections. The first addresses the banalisation of the photographic act, the cortex of reality shows, unbridled voyeurism and loss of privacy. The second session looks at formulations of social identity, biographical narratives and personal fictions, in the light of new digital tools. The final section explores the “technological unconscious” of post-photography, the accidents and fissures that are artistically recycled to provide an innovative aesthetic vocabulary."
Untill 2006 ID cards and birth certificates in Bolivia were a rare commodity that only privileged individuals living close to an issuing facility could afford to have. When I was granted permission to access the ID facility in this police archive in El Alto I was very interested in showing how women, men and children were able to control their own representation in front of the police officer in charge of taking these pictures.
A gallery with all the images included in this article can be seen in here.
Some of the images will also be exhibited at the Kursala gallery during the summer, a venue devoted to Spanish contemporary photography in Cádiz, Spain.
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Each day The Black Snapper presents a new photographer chosen by one of the different weekly guest curators. My work is due to appear online at The Black Snapper's homepage and blog sections today Friday, 18th of September. The Black Snapper is a project of designer Frank Kloos and documentary photographer Diederik Meijer, both based in Amsterdam. You can also visit the archive section, where the photographers' previously displayed works are stored.
A selection of 20 images belonging to the Almería greenhouse fields project is being shown in the September-October volume of Lens Culture, a great online magazine featuring international contemporary photography. This current issue includes the works of Dana Popa, Tessa Bunney, Maarigje de Maar, Peter Ainsworth, Edmund Clark, Karen Glaser, Simon Roberts, Leandro Piñeiro, Ara Güler and Abbas among others. Also, the visual and audio archives are worth a serious browsing.
One of the prints belonging to the Almería greenhouse project will be exhibited at the Second Annual Foto8 Awards & Summer Show 2009, a photographic award, exhibition and print fair.
The show will take place at Foto8's gallery HOST and will stay until Saturday 5th September.
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A selection of 16 images belonging to the Almería greenhouse fields project are being featured in the July issue of DU, a German-speaking Swiss magazine. The accompanying text is by Albert Kuhn. It also features photography from Jan von Holleben (cover picture), Markus Buehler Rasom and Thomas Herbrich; articles by Michael Böhm, Sacha Verna and Harald Welzer; and interviews with Richard Powers, Hildegard Elisabeth Keller, Harald Welzer, Mathias Plüss and Andris Nelsons.
A selection of seven landscapes belonging to the Almería greenhouse fields series has been published in the Spring issue of Foto8 magazine, devoted this time to the concept of Soil. The accompanying text is by Guy Lane. Also featuring the photographic works of Simon Roberts, Chris Killip, Adam Patterson, Cedric Gerbehaye, Peyman Hooshmanzadeh, Muge, Chloe Sells, Aaron Schuman, The Side Archive, Ghaith Abdul Ahad and David Gray (cover picture). It includes poems of Alexander Theroux and interviews with Michael Nyman, Geert van Kesteren, Jeff Ladd, Peter Beaumont and Jen Bekman.
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28 November 2008 - 9 January 2009
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