Maintaining a dialogue on photography is easier
than ever before
Anyone interested in understanding why it is important to
keep the channels of communication open to maintain an
ongoing dialogue on photography and why this is easier
now than ever.
Photography is a medium that has exercised
a major influence on art and society. Its language and tools
constantly evolve by being intimately linked to technology.
This generates a need for users to constantly update their
knowledge and a way of doing so is by maintaining an ongoing
dialogue with other photographers. This dialogue enables serious
analysis on how to use tools and to promote languages.
the invention of photography, photographers produced work groups
to analyze the creative possibilities of the medium. In the
beginning, they formed photography clubs, then collectives,
and later magazines and books appeared, along with schools,
museums, colloquiums, festivals, research centers, etc.
example useful in understanding this need is analyzing the
work of Pedro Meyer as a pioneer in founding the Consejo Mexicano
de Fotografía [Mexican Photography
Council], the Latin American Photography Colloquiums, the
El Taller de los Lunes [Monday Workshop], zonezero.com and
now, the Pedro Meyer Foundation. The intention of all of
these undertakings has been to stimulate a dialogue on the
medium, its technological advances, its social and cultural
impact, and to keep a community informed and productive.
rise of the Internet, webcams and the possibility of easy movement
over long distances make this exchange much easier than ever
before. Nowadays, languages are swiftly mutating and new forms
of communication are established in the media of communication
and art. Therefore, it is important for photographers to be
up-to-date and to be engaged in a dialogue, for they work with
a medium that defines how society sees and perceives itself.
is a time in which almost everyone takes photos. There are
cameras all over! Everything is recorded! Documentary photographers
are being displaced; art is changing its forms. Analyzing how
photos are produced, distributed, and what they say is important.
Understanding what a photographer means and what position he
has in society, communication, and in art is important, as
well as necessary to be on the cutting edge of new technologies
and forms of creation.
With all the cameras, programs, computers,
and new prints released on the market every year, it is difficult
for a photographer to stay up-to-date. Therefore, these communities
are beneficial, for in a group everyone can exchange ideas
and enrich his knowledge.
It is important to know what forums
of communication currently exist and how to join them to exchange
ideas that make us advance as individuals and that the media
and its language also promote, so that society can evolve in
the ways it communicates.
The question is: what is the responsibility
of each individual in staying up-to-date and what are we going
to do so that our community does so as well?
About an hour.
A historian, curator, editor or
A video projector and computer, depending on the speaker’s