That's the thing yeah. If this kind of image is simply 'holding ground' for film, keeping it in people's minds, even if it means stunting the growth of art photography for a time, it's difficult for me to fault it - it has purpose. No, I don't see any artistic merit, but perhaps it occupies an important space in contemporary photography - where we and the next generation are concerned. I'm going to give curators the benefit of the doubt and say, if only subconsciously, they recognise this and continue to show it for that reason. Let's be honest, if you were the curator first presented with this work, would your first reaction be "THIS will fly off the walls!" There's certainly more to it than that.
Originally Posted by blansky
Of course, I'd rather see a Thomas Joshua Cooper exhibition and it frightens me a little that his work may be fighting for gallery space with Mr. Right... I mean Wright. But, I'd prefer to see a show made up of blank sheets of RC paper than Gursky.
To offset Wright's images, here's one by another Harry that has always beguiled me - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Harry-Callah...-/320746625796
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