(with your permission...) Let's talk about photography by Pico de Paperis
Photography has become a global phenomenon, almost universal. At least in that part of the world where the problem lies in "how" to eat and not "when" or even worse "eating" in itself.
It was June 29, 2007, when a certain Steve Jobs dramatically changed the world of mobile phones with his IPhone. I don't think that even he himself could have imagined what kind of revolution that fascinating technological contraption/toy would have caused in the multimedia world in general. It is a Copernican revolution, in the world that concerns us, Photography (thanks to or due to, it is too early to say). Until that time, an area of low profile (at least for the most part of the above-mentioned world, a minor art for some of the more knowledgeable) and often considered almost mystical*. Where few great Artists, many good Authors and a great number of enthusiasts (obsessed, someone whispered) dedicated most of their time amid films, strange machines, lenses, chemical products, pans, bowls and sad dark rooms.
In a flash, all of this seemed to have been swept away. From a cultural, intellectual activity that it was, almost élite, Photography has run rampant, breaking all margins, becoming an appendage of the eye, the pen, the brain. EVERYONE takes photos, or at least think they are (it is not very important now-a-days to be very meticulous). Always. Anywhere. For a reason and often…without. Beyond the trends. The rational comprehension. Even logic. Photography today has become more and more subject to debate and analysis. Inconveniencing ethics, psychology and philosophy**
We too want to contribute by giving a responsible and knowledgeable contribution to this topic which is now universal. We have assured, therefore, the collaboration of an expert. Communicator, Photographer, but above all, photography critic and lecturer in many cultural events on Photography and the world of images in general. Our friend Gigi Lusini, (nickname Pico de Paperiswww.gigilusini.it) recently honored by the Italian FIAF Association with an honorary award in photography, will accompany us in this endeavor to help us understand a little more about this very up-to-date topic.
* J.P. Montier H.C. Bresson. Lo Zen e la Fotografia/Electa Mondadori
** F. Scianna Etica e fotogiornalismo/Electa
Joan Fontacuberta La(foto)camera di Pandora/Contrasto
Fred Ritchin Dopo la Fotografia/P.B. Einaudi
FIAF Italiana Italian Federation Fotographic Association
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