‘What, in 2009, is a photograph?’


General Photography

Martha Schwendener has some questions for photographers: “why, at this moment, when the world is awash in vernacular images and consumed by geopolitical, eco, and economic crises, are artist-photographers holed up in their studios and darkrooms, interrogating the medium? Why not pick up a camera and document the collapse?” And then, at the end: “So does it matter how either of these artists made their photographs? Or has process become the new (or revived) fetish of photography, something to occupy us now that the bickering over whether photography is art has died down? Except that another question looms, both on the pages of Words Without Pictures and elsewhere. Actually, it’s an old one, but it’s carrying new, post-digital baggage: What, in 2009, is a photograph?”