Box Props (from “Illuminations”)
© Tim Davis
This essay addresses the context of the web for photography. It’s a new frontier that, from the standpoint of an independent practitioner, doesn’t seem to have fulfilled its potential, given photography’s phenomenal recent expansion as a contemporary art form as well as its over 150-year-old track record for multiple expansions. I want to ruminate on why that might be – on what conditions might have led to an underwhelming response by serious and independent photographers to the potential of the Internet.
I’m curious what people think of Evans’ assertion that the “potential of the Internet” has had “an underwhelming response by serious and independent photographers.” Has it?
Imagine if the Internet had emerged in the early twentieth century. The majority of those “-ists” would have had a field day – and imagine Warhol and the Internet. I guess it is simply a matter of time before a generation not weaned on paper and chemicals sees the manufactured bubble of “art photography” for what it is, and begins to explore the potential of an inclusive, affordable distribution network and its inherently interesting formal qualities.
And about his conclusion. Is Evans is foreshadowing an inevitable evolution in contemporary photographic production (for the Internet)?
I encourage readers to offer their thoughts on this thread.