Last week the author of one of my favorite photo sharing websites, Andy Adams (who literally is) FlakPhoto.com came to ASU for a lecture/discussion called Photo 2.0 Online Photographic Thinking. A heated and fluid conversation between my former classmates, faculty and Andy caused the hour discussion to whiz by.
What was established in this open forum, was what the promise of the internet truly brings. Every photographer or artist has the opportunity to produce, brand and market themselves, while also acting as their own self-publisher, not completely riding the role of the former gate keepers (curators, critics, museum and institutions, people who command the attention and determine whats worthy) but creating a new kind of gate keeper. Anyone can become an independent self-publisher by creating a platform to deliver their work that allows a more personalized experience for the seeker. I am definitely interested in the photographers new role as author and in way, personality. Any thoughts?
also personal highlights from the lecture:
“… you find these paths through the web…”- Betsy Scheider
“and it really is a web, isn’t it?” – Andy Adams
“Sometimes looking at photographs on the internet makes me feel less like a special snowflake” – student