Membrana no. 7 Call for articles & projects: Magic Since the invention of photography, our relationship with the medium, the image taking apparatus and photographs as objects has always been invested with a set of beliefs […]
From the Magazine
The internet and the community have the power to transform “ordinary” people into celebrities. Something similar could be said for the Rich Kids of Instagram, only that they are not just ordinary people. This is a group of children whose parents are amongst the 1% of the wealthiest people on Earth. And their children are not ashamed of the money that is given to them.
Since (capitalist) market is an abstract concept, photographic narratives about it are by necessity indirect, focusing on visual representation of its many manifestations. Through most of the 20th century, photographers have continuously been focusing on its most evident manifestation – labour.
With the development of digital technology and the internet in the past twenty years, photography has become really pervasive and omnipresent. Despite digitalization, or perhaps because of it, a tendency towards a return to ‘analogue’ photography can be observed in analog- recent years in the field of contemporary art photography as well.
In 1990s, along with the prominence and popularization of the so-called deadpan aesthetics within the field of contemporary photography, began the “rediscovery” of its pioneers. This distinction came late (more than thirty years later), but undoubtedly belonged to Bernd and Hilla Becher, who devoted their lives to photographing industrial architecture.