The Death and Resurrection of Photography In A Digitized World (Frieze Magazine)

From Frieze Magazine:

Long Exposure

Jennifer Allen

The death and resurrection of photography in a digitized world

Untitled #67 (1980). Cindy Sherman

Photography is dead. That news may come as a surprise, since obituaries about art tend to be written about painting. Invented in the 1830s, photo-graphy is still in its infancy as an art form compared to the centuries-old medium of painting. Despite inventions like portable paint tubes and fast-drying acrylic, painting has not undergone the transformations that digitalization is bringing to the medium of photography.

Of course, I’m speaking about the death of film photography. Happy to save on the cost of film and the time taken to develop it, consumers embraced digitalization with such gusto that a whole industry is dying. In 2005, the film photography giant AgfaPhoto filed for bankruptcy. In 2009, Polaroid ceased the production of instant Polaroid film, and Kodak discontinued Kodachrome film. Digital photographs are not only cheaper and faster to produce; they can be stored endlessly and shared instantly with countless friends. Polaroids, though ‘instant’, could not be emailed and tweeted.

See the full essay at Frieze Magazine HERE.

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3 Responses to The Death and Resurrection of Photography In A Digitized World (Frieze Magazine)

  1. David Comdico says:

    “In any case, if most viewers can’t tell whether pictures were taken with analogue or digital cameras, who cares if film fades?”

    Might as well rephrase this as “most viewers can’t tell art from crap, so who cares if art fades?”

    Or perhaps, “most readers can’t tell a good critic from a bad critic, so who cares if criticism fades?”

    Or… well, you get the idea.

  2. adam says:

    same here.
    a quick rush over some points with references added.

    and you just can’t write Fotographie (Photografie beats it big time).

  3. all of us think this article is a little lame.

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