Forty two years ago, in 1978, the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) delivered a press release for a photographic exhibition presenting major shifts in photography over the previous twenty years. John Szarkowski was head of the photography department at MOMA at the time and he believed that these changes were repositioning photography as an artform in America, calculating a new cutting edge structure to the medium. “The two creative motives that have been contrasted here are not discrete. Ultimately each of the pictures in this book is part of a single, complex, plastic tradition. Since the early days of that tradition, an interior debate has contested issues parallel to those illustrated here. The prejudices and inclinations expressed by the pictures in the is book suggest positions that are familiar from older disputes. In terms of the best photography of a half-century ago, one might say that Alfred Stieglitz is the patron of the first half of this book and Eugène Atget of the second. In either case, what artist could want a more distinguished sponsor? The distance between them is to be measured not in terms of the relative force or originality of their work but in terms of their conceptions of what a photograph is: is it a mirror, reflecting a portrait of the artist who made it, or a window though which one might better know the world?” he said in a press excerpt describing the use of the camera to explore the self and the world. This was and remains a fascinating insight into windows and mirrors. On an elemental level, a mirror photograph could be understood as being one in which you learn more about yourself, as opposed to a window photograph, perhaps demonstrating protests on the streets. But it is not as simplistic as that, the terms can intermingle, depending to a large extent on how we view images based on our own interpretations and life experiences. In this weeks mobile photography and art showcase, you’ll see many mirror and window images as mobile photographers and artists throughout the world have created visually compelling, ravishing imagery evoking moods, sensitively, so well.
Thank you to all the talented artists for submitting your works to our showcase this week. If you would like your work to be considered for entry in to our weekly Mobile Photography and Art Flickr Group, please submit it to our dedicated group,here. You can also submit images to our Instagram tag for this section#theappwhisperer.
@rain.is.poetry, Jormain Cady – @jormain, @ilemusi – Ile Mont, Diane Neubauer, Janis Brandenburg Lee, Carol Wiebe, Eliza Badoiu, Jack Mallon, @before.1st.light – Jane Schultz, @pause.and.breathe – Susan Latty, @luison_street, @ja_graham – Jennifer Graham, @astoriahysteria, @klimtt – M. Cecilia Säo Thiago, Jennifer Bracewell – @_jenbeezy_, @gol_den232, @odinvadim, Jenny Pieters – @sodium_light, @sandralbmartins – Violet Martins, @remintrusions – Damian De Souza, @humancanvas232, Marian Said Rubin @marian.rubin_photography, @wmson2000_art, @withflowersinherphone, @eveofthefuture, @vastumarco – Marco Prado, Robin Robertis, Jun Yamaguchi, Rob Pearson-Wright, @Md.Nahidul Islam, Peter Wilkin, Enrique Reyes Belzunce, @anandamoy chatterji, @darioferrini, Rita Colantonio, Catherine Caddigan, Susan Maxwell Schmidt, @theiPhoneartgirl – Meri Walker, Gianluca Ricoveri, Susan Rennie, G R Fotos.
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