The world of images is experiencing breathtaking upheaval. Today, photography is ever-present and in constant transformation. While it was once a physical object, it is now a data set, shared thousands of times over and deleted again. It is the medium of democratic articulation and participation, but also of propaganda and commercial appropriation.
How is art reacting to these many faces of photography, to the “liquefaction” of images, and how is our view of the history of this medium changing too? What images have we overlooked and ought we to be reappraising or elucidating differently?
With these questions in mind, Farewell Photography is a stocktaking, removed from any form of nostalgia, but borne by a great fondness for photography. This upheaval is thus also a great opportunity to subject photography to a critical examination and to redefine it.
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