When we imagine the future, visions of shiny technological gadgets (The Jetsons) are now less common than visions of post-apocalyptic landscapes (The Road ).
This seems to be a guiding principle behind the “New Photography 2009” exhibit opening today at MoMA. In other words, “New Photography” is not using the camera of the future.
The artists in the show are recyclers; their work is made of “everyday materials and objects, as well as images from the Internet, magazines, newspapers, and books.” MoMA explains:
As traditional photographic techniques are being quickly replaced by digital technologies, the artists included here examine the process and structure of making photographs.
Hence, collage, photomontage, non lens-based uses of photographic paper.
The International Center of Photography’s triennial exhibition (this year’s theme: “Dress Codes,” photography considered “through the lens of fashion” ) opens Friday, and looks markedly more conventional.