This article explores responses to photography's twenty-first century massification, as a key aspect of the 'condition' that curator Joan Fontcuberta (2015) has coined as 'post-photographic'. Through an assessment of a variety of current forms - popular press opinion, leading-edge arts practice and large-scale community projects - it offers a brief snapshot of the hopes and fears attached to photography en masse. By contextualising these responses within recent scholarly literature and also within historic instances of massification, this piece assesses and challenges the technologically determinist claims made for mass photography's novelty. Finally, it offers some methodological reflections and suggestions for ways to understand mass photographic practice, old and new. The article appears as part of the inaugural issue of a new bilingual interdisciplinary journal, Captures, on the subject of Post-Photography, edited by Canadian art historians Vincent Lavoie and Martha Langford.
|Captures: figures, theories et pratiques de l'imaginaire
|Published - 12 May 2016