presents forty of the world's most
active art historians and theorists, including Victor Burgin, Joel
Snyder, Rosalind Krauss, Alan Trachtenberg, Geoffrey Batchen, Carol
Squiers, Margaret Iversen and Abigail Solomon-Godeau in animated debate
on the nature of photography.
Photography has been around for nearly two centuries, but we are no
closer to understanding what it is. For some people, a photograph is an
optically accurate impression of the world, for others, it is mainly a
way of remembering people and places. Some view it as a sign of
bourgeois life, a kind of addiction of the middle class, whilst others
see it as a troublesome interloper that has confused people's ideas of
reality and fine art to the point that they have difficulty even
defining what a photograph is. For some, the whole question of finding
photography's nature is itself misguided from the beginning.