“The ubiquity of photography is, perhaps ironically, a challenge to curators, practitioners, and critics. Why look at any particular image, when they are literally everywhere? Perhaps “photography” has become so all-pervasive that it no longer makes sense to think about it as a discreet practice or field of inquiry. In other words, perhaps “photography,” as a meaningful cultural trope, is over.”
Trevor Paglen, Is Photography Over?
This is a ridiculously incisive piece, every sentence is quotable. Must-read. It’s the first in a series as well, so I eagerly anticipate the rest.
I am very glad I discovered this two days after submitting my Andreas Gursky review to Border Crossings mag. This would have derailed the whole writing process, as I only had 1000 words to work with.