[ interview ] [not translated]
Contemporary Amateur Photography, dr. Jože Vogrinc
- Koltaj, Pavel
Interview with Jože Vogrinc deals mainly with the various forms and roles the amateur photography of the today occupies. And connections of the amateur photography with other forms of photographic creation (e.g. documentary and art photography). The initial part discusses the strong boom and partially the renaissance that the amateur photography has been going through during the last years. The conversation takes the time to review various contemporary photographic phenomena and movements, such as YouTube, Flickr, micro stock photography, lomography and photo blogs. These on the one hand enable people to easily distribute photographs but on the other hand constantly require them to present and classify their photographs in new ways. Consequently the techniques and aims of the amateur photography change and likewise the approach to the creation and perception of photographs. At the same time the conversation tries to maintain a constant relation to the photographic past and thus the contemporary photographic practices are situated within and compared with traditional photographic divisions and concepts. In the main part of the interview the focus shifts to the idea of remembrance as once the primary principle and purpose of (taking) photographs, an idea, which is still alive today, but is, due to the mentioned changes in the conception of photographs in general, significantly different and now includes also many other things, not just the thought that photography is a prop for memory and a record of a specific time-space reality. The concluding part of the conversation does not deal so much with the creation of photographs but with various forms of their reading and roles these readings have in contemporary amateur photography.
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