A new show suggests that webcams, Google Street View and a cat named Nancy Bean are set to change the world of photography as we know it.
This article titled “Why you are the future of photography” was written by Sean O’Hagan, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 13th July 2011 17.25 UTC
Their manifesto begins: “Now, we’re a series of editors. We all recycle, clip and cut, remix and upload. We can make images do anything. All we need is an eye, a brain, a camera, a phone, a laptop, a scanner, a point of view.”
From Here On is the title of this manifesto-cum-group show unveiled at last week’s Arles photography festival. It is, the curators insist, a glimpse of the future of photography. Or to be more precise, several glimpses of several possible photographic futures based on the premise that photography as we know it – whether reportage or documentary – is no longer the most viable way to make sense of a digitalised and increasingly atomised global culture.