“Photographs are a way of imprisoning reality…One can’t possess reality, one can possess images—one can’t possess the present but one can possess the past.” —Susan Sontag, On Photography
There is no need for us to extol the pervasive importance or sheer ubiquity of photographs in the digital age. These facts are undeniable; reports suggest that one trillion photographs were taken in 2015. One trillion. It is precisely because of the omnipresence of photographs that the need to question the medium, to push photography’s structures of meaning, and reconsider the rule photography plays in our life has never been more imperative.
This month, Serpentine Magazine, has made a call for contributors who have something to say: either about photography or through the use of photographs. And by juxtaposing critical essays on the subject alongside photographic essays, we aim to elucidate new ways to conceive our preconceived notions of the world’s most prevalent art form.by