With the increasing ubiquity of photographers and photographs, it was only a question of time before the fine art community posed the question: “What is a Photograph?” Interesting article from the nytimes about redefining photography in the modern age. Another semantics battle methinks: more for the benefit of curators and collectors who need to put things in quantifiable boxes with neat labels for financial reasons. Creators just want to create – others want to define.
Today we received our copy of ICP Alum Rita Leistner‘s new remarkable book, Looking for Marshall McLuhan in Afghanistan: Text and i-Phone Hipstamatic Photography with a foreward by Julian Stallabrass.
Rita was one of the handful of ICP alumni who documented the U.S. wars after she graduated in 2001. These friends have served to educate me about conflict photography, about foreign policy, about culture in ways I never would have imagined. This is one of many ways that being a librarian at ICP is better than a graduate program in any of a number of disciplines.
As you may know, close to 3,000 books enter our doors each year, and so it really takes something exceptional to get me excited.
This book is astonishing!
Rita has an MA in Comp Lit, and she has written essays for other people’s books on conflict photography, but here she gets philosophical and…
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