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Lisa Oppenheim, Lunagrams #5, 2010, toned gelatin silver print, 19 7/8 × 15 7/8". From “Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography.”

“Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography”

The Getty Center

Lisa Oppenheim, Lunagrams #5, 2010, toned gelatin silver print, 19 7/8 × 15 7/8". From “Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography.”

“Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography” marks another signpost in the ongoing debate about the nature of photography in the wake of the digital turn. The show, which follows neatly on the heels of “What Is a Photograph?,” Carol Squires’s 2014 exhibition at New York’s International Center of Photography (which focused on experimental photographic practices going back to the 1970s), was organized by Getty curator Virginia Heckert, who has mobilized her institution’s mighty resources to effectively broaden and deepen our understanding of the historical and technical underpinnings of contemporary photography. The tightly focused exhibition, complemented by a selection of precedent-setting photographs from the museum’s collection, highlighted seven exemplary artists, all living and working in the US and spanning multiple generations—James Welling, Alison Rossiter, Marco Breuer,

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