A Response to Wim Wenders in Respect of Mobile Photography

Many of you would’ve read the recent news from renowned German film photographer and filmmaker Wim Wenders  ‘Phones Have Made Photography More Dead Than Ever’.  He goes on  “The trouble with iPhone pictures is nobody sees them,” Wenders says. “Even the people who take them don’t look at them anymore, and they certainly don’t make prints.” Obviously we can counter this easily as we have a phenomenal online gallery and print store, where each mobile image is not only created by some of the most renowned mobile artists in the business but in addition each is carefully printed with the upmost care by the most respected printer in the United Kingdom, ThePrintStore, London, whom we have partnered, there’s nothing more ‘serious’ about our business Wenders…

Naturally we’re not the only ones to object to Wim Wenders cries, Dr Michael Pritchard, the Royal Photographic Society’s (RPS) Chief Executive, also wrote this opinion piece in relation to Wenders ‘voice’. He says “Where I do disagree with Wenders is with his assertion that photography is ‘more dead’ than ever and it’s all the fault of the iPhone. The camera has only ever been a tool to take a picture and the smartphone has now put that tool in the hands of everyone. It’s much the same as the Brownie camera did in 1900. What we choose to photograph reflects our own interests, our peer groups, and society generally, in the same way that the Brownie introduced a more informal style of photography and increased the number of photographs being made”.

To read the opinion article complete, please go here.




Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at: [email protected]