Why does our Instagram generation think its snaps are so special?

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2015/feb/03/instagram-generation-amateur-photographers-art-plagiarism

“… it all gets daft when amateur snappers think they are artists.”

“Photography can easily degenerate into a pseudo-art, with millions of people all taking pictures of the same things and all thinking we are special.

This amateur delusion of photographic art is everywhere today – from Instagram to the streets and hills, where there is always someone taking their holiday snaps too damn seriously.”

Conversation with Charlotte Cotton

http://www.objektiv.no/realises/2015/1/29/conversation-with-charlotte-cotton

“I learnt about photography as a part of material culture and a demonstration of human endeavour, rather than as a subsection of the story of modern and contemporary art with the concomitant concept of art photography as a commodity within a neoliberal marketplace.”

“The creative processes that I am drawn to rely on finding points of interest and properly reflecting on their meaning and causality. This position enables open-ended practices to unfold. Such practices are at the heart of human creativity and the enduring – pre-photographic – desire to make marks that delineate and are comprehended in our time.”

“I think the photographic is alive and well; a fitting adjective rather than a solidified noun.”

Let’s talk about money

https://fotokritik.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/lets-talk-about-money/

“We are gathered together here at a fair, this is the place where money talks. But surprisingly hardly anyone talks about money. The fair is the meeting place of people who make photographs and people who sell photographs and people who buy photographs and all the other people who are involved in the trade in one way or the other although they do neither make nor sell nor buy photographs. We are all in the same boat, they say.”

Are art professionals today too hyperactively busy to produce work of lasting importance?

http://conversations.e-flux.com/t/are-art-professionals-today-too-hyperactively-busy-to-produce-work-of-lasting-importance/528

“Art professionals today are notoriously busy. They are ceaselessly writing, networking, traveling, tweeting, attending openings, managing their “brand,” and responding to emails. This level of hyperactivity is perhaps required today in order to earn even a modest living in the art world. But how does it affect the work that’s produced, and the discourse about this work? Has the obligation to produce something eclipsed the slow, patient work of producing something good? Does the endless stream of art commentary, on the internet and in print, sacrifice depth of analysis for sheer quantity?”