Is Photography Over?


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? Is photography over? 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.

Day One, Part One. Participants: Peter Galassi, Blake Stimson, Joel Snyder, Douglas Nickel, Vince Aletti, Corey Keller, and Philip-Lorca diCorcia. Moderated by Dominic Willsdon and Erin O’Toole.


Day One, Part Two: Trevor Paglen, George Baker, Walead Beshty, Jennifer Blessing, Geoff Dyer, and Charlotte Cotton. Moderated by Dominic Willsdon and Erin O’Toole.


Day Two, Part One. Participants: Peter Galassi, Blake Stimson, Joel Snyder, Douglas Nickel, Vince Aletti, Corey Keller, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Trevor Paglen, George Baker, Walead Beshty, Jennifer Blessing, Geoff Dyer, and Charlotte Cotton. Moderated by Dominic Willsdon and Erin O’Toole.


Day Two, Part Two. Participants: Panelists include: Peter Galassi, Blake Stimson, Joel Snyder, Douglas Nickel, Vince Aletti, Corey Keller, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Trevor Paglen, George Baker, Walead Beshty, Jennifer Blessing, Geoff Dyer, and Charlotte Cotton. Moderated by Dominic Willsdon and Erin O’Toole.


Day Two, Part Three. Participants: Peter Galassi, Blake Stimson, Joel Snyder, Douglas Nickel, Vince Aletti, Corey Keller, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Trevor Paglen, George Baker, Walead Beshty, Jennifer Blessing, Geoff Dyer, and Charlotte Cotton. Moderated by Dominic Willsdon and Erin O’Toole.

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