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Is photography over? Of course not. But a provocative title none the less, appropriated from SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), suggesting we think more deeply about what photography was, what it now is, and where it’s going. Given the nature of contemporary art practice, the condition of visual culture, the advent of new technologies, and many other factors, what is at stake today in seeing something as a photograph? What is the value of continuing to speak of photography as a specific practice or discipline?

In April 2010, SFMOMA convened a range of major thinkers and practitioners to write brief responses to this question and to convene for a two-day summit on the state of medium. 

Interesting, insightful and evocative in my opinion. Feel free to leave your comments below.


Special thanks to Chase Jarvis for bringing this discussion to my attention. Photo/videos courtesy of SFMOMA.