Digital Media in the Form of Art

By Jorge Martinez
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Independent Los Angeles Art gallery to showcase what is it to be a photographer in the modern age

Has digital media hurt the art world?

To find out, independent Los Angeles art gallery Slow Culture have announced the opening of a photography exhibit titled “Everything Must Go.”, which is set to open, tomorrow, February 18.

The exhibit, featuring works from New York Times contributors Daniel Arnold and Jake Michaels, explores what is it to be a photographer in the modern age with the rise in mass consumption of digital images with platforms like Instagram. The show will evolve in real time to mimic an Instagram feed, divided into three separate bodies of work representing different stages in the photographer’s career.

Both Arnold and Michaels, along with other contributing photographers, will also be featured as part of Slow Culture’s installation at Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair. Slow Culture has partnered up with Deadbeat Club to launch the first iteration of an ongoing installation entitled: THE FOTOMAT. As an homage to drive-thru Fotomats of yore, they will be re-creating a fully functioning kiosk to be installed at the main entrance of The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA starting February 23. They will offer 24-hour film processing services, film, custom photography accessories, photo zines and a vintage photo booth all weekend long. In addition to photo ephemera for sale, photographers participating in the show will act as guest clerks, each selling limited edition prints exclusive to THE FOTOMAT. The goal is to create an immersive, traveling installation that will both educate and celebrate the legacy of film photography.

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