Questioning the Image

“When approached with an open mind and heart, art can catalyse empathy and respect between people who, on the surface, seem immiscible’

Question the Image: A View from Two Poles of the World

IN APRIL, the online magazine LensCulture published an interview with Alasdair Foster, who was to be one of the panel of judges for their Street Photography competition. LensCulture’s managing editor, Alexander Strecker, had certainly done his research and his questions provided a stimulating dynamic to the conversation.

“The pernicious rhetoric of the arts as an ‘industry’, promulgated by neoliberalism, is tending to reduce our most essential shared attribute to the production of luxury artefacts for the rich…”

The discussion covered a wide range of issues from the global to the personal. The relationship between practical and theoretical understanding of photography. The transformative potential of an art experience. The characteristics of photography in the Asia-Pacific. The importance of democratising the arts. And why the internet is ‘spicier’ than former means of mass distribution.

“The rise of mass media has created a dangerous confusion between notions of democracy and those of homogenisation.”

Described by the Guardian newspaper as “One of the most authoritative and wide-ranging” photography websites in the world, LensCulture is committed to discovering and promoting the best of the global photography community. Based in Amsterdam and now in its tenth year, LensCulture is, in the words of the UK’s Independent newspaper, “a definitive resource for anyone who wants to keep up with the latest trends and debates in contemporary photography”.

“One must carefully consider the way art is experienced and not simply assume that any given artwork contains a universal message.”

You can read the full interview here…


Image:
© Edgar Álvarez ‘Like sweat and rain, the tears fall…’ 2016 from the series ‘The Invisibles’
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  • The majority of the texts on this site are by Alasdair Foster and represent his opinions. However, in order to facilitate a useful diversity of views, some texts have been invited from artists and colleagues around the world, while others appear as independent comments. These opinions and comments are not necessarily those of Alasdair Foster or Cultural Development Consulting (CDC). All data and information on this site is provided on an as-is basis. While every effort is made to be as thorough as possible, neither Alasdair Foster nor CDC make representations as to accuracy, completeness, currency, suitability or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions or delays in this information or any losses, injuries or damages arising from its display or use.
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