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From Physical to Digital: The Obsolescence of the Photographic Object- Panel Discussion

Think back to the good ‘ole days when friends would share their latest photos with special handwritten messages on the back. Maybe you kept the picture in an album, or, if you were feeling creative, in a collage. Or remember, how after a special event, film had to be developed before you could view the memories? There was no instant replay, only wishes that you got your best shot. Now, because of the internet and the emergence of social networking sites, the intimacy of sharing flicks gets lost in the clicks. Photographs are no longer tangible objects, but rather computerized reflections viewed on screens. While there are many benefits to going digital, physical images shouldn’t be deleted.

Aperture and The New School present The Obsolescence of the Photographic Object, a panel discussion moderated by Mia Fineman, curator of photography at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Panelists Leslie Hewitt, Miranda Litchtenstein, and Mark Wyse will discuss how the digital age effects the way photographs have been created and handled, ultimately transforming the way photographs are perceived. Bring your camera and think about how you’ll share your shots.

Event Info:
Wednesday, February 25 at 7pm
Free Admission

The New School
Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street, New York, NY
(212) 229-5353

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About the Panelists:

Leslie Hewitt‘s photosculptural work incorporates photography, books, films, and ephemera that she recontextualizes, revealing the limits of the photographic object and in the words of the artist, “the transformative power of circumstance or situation.” Represented by D’Amelio Terras Gallery, New York, Hewitt has recently exhibited at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; LAXART, Los Angeles and at the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Her work is currently on view in the group show “The House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm”, curated by Christopher Y. Lew at Tina Kim Gallery, New York until February 21.

Miranda Litchtenstein will discuss how her work straddles reality and fantasy through various photographic mediums. Litchtenstein works with reappropriation. Recently, she rephotographed pictures of both real and imagined airplanes for an exhibition at her gallery Elizabeth Dee, New York. She is also represented by Mary Goldman Gallery, Los Angeles, and has had solo exhibitions at The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, New York; and Gallery Min Min, Tokyo.

Los Angeles based photographer and teacher at UCLA, Mark Wyse, questions the nature of photography and how it is perceived. For a recent show he curated at his gallery in 2008 at Wallspace, New York, the artist framed reproductions of photographs from artists ranging from Paul Strand, Ansel Adams to Jeff Wall and Nan Goldin, that he culled from photography books. This enabled him to bypass any obstacles to get the works he desired on the wall.

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One Response to “From Physical to Digital: The Obsolescence of the Photographic Object- Panel Discussion”

  1. Laurent says:

    will there be any report of the talk, for people (like me hehe) who won’t be able to attend the event?

    have a good week !


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