Thanks to photographsonthebrain on tumblr, I came across this commentary by Loring Knoblauch on today’s state of photography on the Collector Daily Blog. To me the article is the most sensible, straight forward, and coherent statement regarding the state of photography today. I would recommend it highly to those of you interested in photography!
When was the last time you saw a fine art photograph that you would describe as ferocious? One that had such raw emotional intensity that it seemed to slap you in the face, kick you down, and leave you for dead in the gutter? I’d say the answer is hardly ever these days, and I think that’s worrisome.
Whether we draw the line all the way back to the brainy photoconceptualism of the 1970s or the pervasive influence of the teachings of the Bechers in Düsseldorf in the 1980s, I think a compelling argument can be made that for the last several decades we have been in the midst of a long term trend toward rationality and intellectualism in contemporary photography. We have come to embrace conceptual control, deadpan rigor, and cerebral inward-looking process-centrism as mainstream practice, and to celebrate the best examples of this approach as the apex of the medium. We are in the midst of the Age of Precision, in capital letters. [read more]