European Photography 92 with a survey on Photography’s Reinvention: “Photography is currently undergoing a historically unique reinvention and reinterpretation technologically, socially, and aesthetically. Which aspect of this development seems to you to be the most interesting, and why?” We put this question to an international circle of photography, art and media experts, including Alasdair Foster, Christoph Tannert, Oscar Ho, Klaus Honnef, Frits Giertstberg, Geoffrey Batchen, and others.
The featured artists in this issue are Jun Ahn, Gerco de Ruijter, Sungseok Ahn, Patrick Gries, Michael Rohde, Nygårds Karin Bengtsson, Osamu Yokonami, Michael Somoroff, Ernst Logar, Robert Harding Pittman, Nigel Dickinson, and Namsa Leuba.
Also in this issue:
Photography and Suicide, by Boris von Brauchitsch: “Three times more women attempt suicide than men, but three times more men complete the task. This may well leave its mark on a medium like photography, where the number of women involved is higher than in any other of the fine arts. Perhaps that explains why the suicide rate among photographers is lower than, for example, among actors or painters. Yet in the case of both sexes, reasons for suicide need not necessarily be sought just in their professional life.”
Crowdfunding, by Manfred Zollner: The Internet is providing new ways for photographers to finance projects these days. How do swarm investments work? What kind of experience have people had with these? Despite all current proclamations of success, the model is in need of further fine-tuning.
International Portfolio Reviews, by Benjamin Füglister: Portfolio reviews are an invention of the photo-scene and perhaps its most successful form of communication: photographers meet the experts publishers, editors, curators , present them their work, receive feedback and do business with them. This is highly efficient for both sides, given that the encounters usually take place in the well-organized framework of a festival or other large event. European Photography has also made gratifying discoveries again and again. Inspired by informal meetings in Arles in the early 1980s, the concept of the portfolio review was developed by the two protagonists of Houston FotoFest, Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watriss; it has since become the model for practically all events of this kind these days. The table published in this issue provides a survey of the important international review events. For final dates we recommend the blog by Moritz Neumüller .