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Penelope Umbrico Photography @ FoMu, Antwerp

Photo (c) Penelope Umbrico

The photography of Penelope Umbrico is often described as offering a sort of “radical reinterpretation” of photographic practice, or shedding “a radical new light” on the medium, conceptually, formally, and in several ways between. The artist produces by means of “aesthetic and conceptual chops,” famously appropriating images found using search engines and picture sharing websites, translating the digital realm’s relentless flow of images into conceptual works of photography.

FoMu’s upcoming exhibition of this particularly new course of photographic practice places Umbrico’s work in good company. From Here On, on view June 6 through September 30 2012, features an international roster of artists who create their work with the overload of digital images they find on the internet.

“They recycle, clip and cut pictures from Google Earth, Google Street View, Facebook, Flickr, etc. Does this mean that traditional photography is dead? With this exhibition, FoMu opens the debate on issues such as copyright, authorship, privacy and the future of photography.”

From Here On
June 22 through September 30, 2012
FoMu – Photo Museum
Antwerp, Belgium

From Here On shows the work of artists such as Hans Aarsman (NL, °1951), art collective Leo Gabin (BE), Constant Dullaart (NL, °1979), Mishka Henner (UK, °1976), Thomas Mailaender (FR, °1979), Willem Popelier (NL, °1982), Doug Rickard (US, °1968), Andreas Schmidt (DE, °1967), Pavel MariaSmejkal (CZ, °1957), Penelope Umbrico (US, °1957), Corinne Vionnet (SH, °1969) and HermanZschiegner (DE, °1971).

Curators: Clément Cheroux (FR, curator at the Centre Pompidou, Paris), Joan Fontcuberta (ES, explores the conflict between nature, technology, photography and truth), Erik Kessels (NL, Creative Director communications agency KesselsKramer, Amsterdam and London), Martin Parr (UK, Magnum photographer) and Joachim Schmid (DE, has been working with found photography since 1980).

›› Refer to our previous Penelope Umbrico-centric stories for more information and media surrounding this artist’s body of digital work.
›› View From Here On curator and Magnum photojournalist Martin Parr in conversation with Rinko Kawauchi.
›› Buy Penelope Umbrico (Photographs) for 20% off.

What’s Next?

I’ve just written a piece for the magazine European Photography in which I touch on the lack of substantial online discussion on current trends in photography and where things are going. I’ll be posting the piece on eyecurious soon, so I won’t go into detail here, but in general my feeling is that although online activity on photography is growing by the day, it is becoming commensurately shallower as a result. Fortunately there are examples which buck the trend. Foam, the Amsterdam photo-museum, has recently added What’s Next? to its expanding range of content. What’s Next? is a supplement to Foam’s quarterly magazine but also an online discussion forum which is designed to spark discussion on current trends and how they are affecting the development of photography. The museum recently organised an expert meeting in Amsterdam around the What’s Next project with an impressive line-up including Charlotte Cotton, Fred Ritchin, Thomas Ruff, Joachim Schmid and many others (you can see a number of the presentations from the meeting on Foam’s youtube channel). Although the design of the site messes with my eyes and head a little bit, there is some terrific content on here running from photobooks to photojournalism. As a blogger I find that the most satisfying experiences writing online are those which spark a discussion, debate or even an argument. If you are interested in any of the above, I highly recommend a visit to What’s Next?


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Latest edition of Lens Culture – and more news and events!


Don’t miss the latest issue of Lens Culture! This edition features an eclectic mix of contemporary photography from all over the world, including work by photographers who participated in our first international portfolio review event, Lens Culture FotoFest Paris 2010.

Among the articles featured in this issue are works by Lucia Ganieva (Russia), Stephen Gill (UK), Maria Felixmuller (Germany), John Armstrong and Paul Collins (Canada/France), Natan Dvir (Israel), and Massimo Cristaldi (Italy), TED Fellow Camille Seaman (USA), Britta Jaschinski, winner of the 2010 European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition (UK) – plus, we feature another hilarious book from Kessels/Kramer’s “in almost every picture …” series – How (not) to Shoot a Black Dog.

All our high-resolution slideshows are now visible on iPad – great for appreciating the richness and details of literally thousands of great photographs in our archives.

Lens Culture International Exposure Awards traveling exhibition will soon be opening around the world:

• Gallery 291, San Francisco, from April 28, 2011
• Gallery Dupon, Paris, from June 9, 2011
• VII Dumbo Gallery, New York, from July 14, 2011
– more details SOON!

And this is HUGE news:

Lens Culture has teamed up with Fotografiska photo museum in Sweden to launch the first international portfolio reviews to be held in Stockholm 27 & 28 May 2011. 100 photographers, 35 international reviewers, and a wealth of events.

Registration opens in March, and we expect the demand will be high, and that places will sell out quickly – especially since our reviews also coincide with the newly established Stockholm Photo Week at the end of May. So, mark your calendars — and join us in Stockholm for a wonderful new event!