Text "Internet Photography". 2016.
Selected Internet Photography works
- Obscurity, 2016
- Overexposed, 2015
- Street Ghosts, 2012
- Face to Facebook, 2011
Selected shows of Internet Photography
- Berlin's museums of fotography, 2017
- Private, NOME Gallery in NYC, 2016
- Public and Private, NOME in Turin, 2016
- Unthiking Photography online show
for The Photographers' Gallery, 2016
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- Exhibition at DOX Prague Centre Contemporary Art for BBD show with Obscurity From Apr. 7th
- Exhibition at MNHA Museum in Luxembourg for EMOP with Internet Photography From Apr. 6th
- Exhibition at Munchner Stadt Museum for No Secrets show with Overexposed From Mar. 24th
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Photography of the Internet extends to unprecedented social fields and challenges of social norms for questioning cultural, economic and ethical values of photos circulating within the Internet.
Capturing the internet photographically means positioning the camera inside the databases, the algorithms, the screens and the networks. Internet Photography is not about the production of new photos, instead it investigates the renewed role of the photographic medium impacting the understanding, memory and formation of personal and social reality.
Photography needs to explore the vast amount of photos circulating over the Internet, overlaying the physical and online worlds with wide personal, legal and economic consequences. Hence, Internet Photography inevitably has to address privacy abuses, economic exploitation, political spin, personal traumas and low self-expression.
Ethics of photography seek new balance and boundaries within an environment of disruptive potential, capacity and speed. Esthetics of Internet Photography are influenced by the same techniques, contexts and visual styles brought about by the underpinning components of the Internet, such as coding, networking and ubiquity.
Photography has repositioned itself at the center of visual culture through canny artistic strategies such as figuration and abstraction; recontextualization and appropriation; emotional response and social reporting; for denunciations and self reflection.
As a society and as individuals, we face the new power of photography and it's potential to affect what we accept as ethical and esthetic norms. It is the duty of art to explore all potentials, dangers and contradictions of this new state of the photographic medium on the Internet.
By Paolo Cirio.
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