Parsons School of Design. Photography Department.
(sponsoring body)Aaron Gustafson
The Death of Photography—this phrase has been ubiquitous in lectures, readings and discussions since I began my graduate studies of photography. From the outset of my first seminar course, I was confronted with this stance: Photography is Dead. Coming from an otherwise non-art background, I had little basis from which to argue against this claim. And the idea of devoting significant time and money to studying a subject that is dead had me worried, if not outright panicked. But now, two years later, thinking back on this matter and on my state then, the trajectory of my work comes clear. My initial floundering, successes and failures, and wide experimentation as reactions to my uncertainties ultimately enriched my work. Above all, I came to the personal opinion that photography is not dead in any sense, but rather very much alive. As a result, my work shows signs of my grappling with this underlying issue, baring marks of an artist striving to show life in photography—making work in defense of photography.
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