International Center of Photography. It was actually the second time I've been, and thankfully the images on display were far better than last time. The main theme was Capa in color. These images were far better to look at in person for sure. But his color photography was immensely impressive by themselves. The other exhibit, 'what is a photograph' was very questionable at best. IMO, most weren't what most of us might call photos.
What the museum/galley wants to call a photo is people...artists (who call themselves photographers), that use photoshop, then print out the image on an inkjet, cut it up into a hundred pieces, and paste it together in some crazy collage. Apparently thats what people think is a photograph these days... I was disappointed. In my mind, that is clearly art. Not photography. Although photography can be art, art alone cannot be photography (imo).
Another complaint haha. They also want to call a .gif a moving photograph (something like that) now... C'mon! really!? I was under the impression anything shot in 'video mode' was cinematography or videography. Keep in mind, the '.gif's' in question were being displayed on a LCD screen. It only exists digitally. It cant, and will never be a actual object viewable with or without computers or technology.
Then, there was another exhibit they wanted to call a photograph, where the person bought very old printing paper (for making prints from a negative), and would literally develop them without projecting any image on them. The result, IMO, was art. Not a photograph.
My last complaint were the other so called photos that started out as a legitimate photo. Just like the lead image above. Except then the "photographer" took said image, and drizzled/flung/brushed oil and or other mediums on top of the photo. I dont get it. Im not hating on that, but things like this belong in an art museum. Not the apparently "top notch photography museum/gallery in NYC".
It worries me that photography might be transforming into something its not nor has ever been. Not to dictate what should and shouldnt be photography, but maybe these things need to have their own place and not saturate and dissolve what photography has always been about. And to me, that is: A camera, taking a picture, and developing said picture via film or digital.
This last one is my favorite. Capa's color shots have incredibly fine grain. They're just crazy sharp in all the right places.