“You press the button. We do the rest” was Kodak’s slogan when Kodak No. 1 came on the market in 1889. Black is the artists’ garb. The 21th Century is a purgatory for specialists, skills, and the innocent object on the photographic paper. From all sides, the death of the medium is proclaimed, and images in galleries document first and foremost the disappearance of their own genre. Photographers no longer embark on expeditions through the streets, but wander for hours through Google Street View, like the Canadian artist Jon Rafman, taking screenshots of wondrous places that the Google camera has captured inadvertently. The avant-garde of photography doesn’t need to leave the house. And meanwhile, since everyone has a digital camera or smartphone, there has never been so much photographed by so many people and uploaded to the Internet. Photos are the new text. … Read More >
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Around 1905 the chemist and photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorsky devised a plan to systematically document the Russian Empire using color photography. He received the necessary materials, a railway car refitted especially for the enterprise and a permit to enter prohibited areas from Czar Nicholas II himself. The photographs, created between 1909 and 1915, aimed to give Russian school children a better understanding of the history and culture of their… Read More >