First presented in 2011, carriage trade’s Social Photography exhibitions have become both a tradition and an ongoing survey of cell phone camera use. What began as a novelty medium seven or eight years ago now provides currency for the $100 billion picture mill of Instagram, which funnels 95 million images a day through its social media network via opaque algorithms that determine the order and context of what we see.
Fed into and viewed on a “slot machine” scroll where one might “hit the jackpot” of likes, cell phone pictures are largely experienced on our phones. When presented as prints within the convention of a gallery setting, the basic components of the viewer’s relation to the space within which they encounter these images are present. Faced with a group of photographs, any of which can draw one’s attention or focus, the accidental associations through proximity (the order of the grid is based on when images are emailed to the gallery) underscore the alternative of seeing cell phone pictures in a physical setting free of social media filters.
Matching cell phone technology’s near universal use, Social Photography embraces both the intentionality of artists and photographers who employ cell phone cameras for study or end use, as well as the casual non-professionals who might find themselves in the right place at the right time, and everything in between. Not limited to visual artists, the participants also include writers, curators, musicians, students, etc., (see partial list of contributors below) reflecting the accessibility and ubiquity of cell phone camera technology.
Functioning simultaneously as a benefit exhibition to help support upcoming programming at carriage trade, there is no particular theme guiding Social Photography VII. Participants email images from their phones to carriage trade, which are then formatted, printed on 5″ x 7″ paper, and sold online and in the gallery during the exhibition.
Less a sanctioning of an evolving medium than a hybrid of a traditional exhibition format and the wider net of social media, Social Photography continues to function as a means to sustain and expand carriage trade’s community, which exists in the combined spheres of online experience and the irreplaceable physicality of the exhibition space itself.
*Prints are available in editions of 10 on a first come, first served basis:
1 for $75.00
2 for $120.00 (use promo code: 2/$120 at checkout)
3 for $150.00 (use promo code: 3/$150 at checkout)
Prints purchased online by July 4 will be available for pick-up at the opening on July 9. Outside NY and International Purchasers : Shipping is available on Shopify
Social Photography VII photographs can be viewed and purchased here: socialphotography.carriagetrade.org
List of Contributors | Ruthie Abel / Dennis Adams / Peggy Ahwesh / Graham Anderson / Mia Antezzo Michele Araujo / Michael Ashkin / Mengfan Bai / Amanda Baker / James Barondess / David Baskin / Victoria Bay / Lisa Beck / Peter Bellamy / Amy Ben-Ezra / Elyse Benenson / Theodora Benezra / Liz Berg / Julien Bismuth / Joi Bittle / Lisa Blas / Ann Bobco / Richard Bosman / Sylvie Boulanger / Kimberly Bradley / Ethan Breckenridge / Sergio Bregante / Antoine Catala / Mary Ann Chafin / Mary Clarke / Wendy Cohen Matt Connors / Jeri Coppola / Anne Couillaud / Fred Cray / Jody Culkin / Adam Davis Kate Davis / Mira Dayal / Marie de Brugerolle / Ala Dehghan / Liz Deschenes / Daniella Dooling / Anne-Claire Duprat / Andrew Edlin / Satoru Eguchi / Barbara Ess / Victor Esther / Peter Fend / Quincy Flowers / Richard Foulser / Andrea Frank / Rainer Ganahl / Jeff Gibson / Liam Gillick / Olivia Gilmore / Andrew Ginzel / Robert Goldman / Jennifer Golub / Kathy Goncharov / Michelle Grabner / Dan Graham / Tracy Grayson / Cristina Guadalupe / Clair Gunther / Andrew Hammerand / Helga Hansen / Rachel Harrison Lorna Hayden / Drew Healy / Eric Heist / Pippa Hetherington / Sarah Higuchi Crowell / Daniel Hill / Duy Hoang / Kim Hoeckele / James Hoff / Karl Holmqvist / Emily Hunt Laura Hunt / Scott Indrisek / Virginia Inés Vergara / Lindsay Jarvis / Keenan Jay / Bryn Jayes / Steffani Jemison / Suzanne Joelson / Nicole Kaack / Werner Kaligofsky / Craig Kalpakjian / Dean Kaufman / Simone Kearney / Caitlin Keogh / Anjali Khosla / Joyce Kim / Anna Kleberg Tham / Essye Klempner / Hilary Kliros / Lotte Kliros Walworth Nicholas Knight / Aleksander Komarov / Sophie Kovel / Udomsak Krisanamis / Stephen Lack / Justen Ladda / Marc Lafia / Louise Lawler / Mika Lee / Simon Leung / Laura Li / Wenxiao Li / Jiajun Liu / Margaret Liu Clinton / Judith Luongo / Stephen Maine / Jiří Makovec / Kai Matsumiya / Satomi Matsuzaki / Esperanza Mayobre / Tom McGlynn / Mieko Meguro / Sarah Meister / John Miller / Tracy Molis / Veronika Molnar / Hyungjo Moon / Ben Morgan-Cleveland / Antoni Muntadas / Rick Myers / Hiji Nam Warren Neidich / Diane Nerwen / Thomas Neuville / John Oakes / Kristin Ordahl / Daylon Orr / Jacob Otting / Tony Oursler / Virginia Overton / Laura Parnes / Ester Partegas / Djuna Partegas Pascher / Stephan Pascher / Gelah Penn / Andreas Petrossiants / Zoe Petti / Michael Poetschko / Jeff Preiss / Xingyue Qiao / Lee Ranaldo / Xander Rapparport / Asad Raza / Calvin Reid / Elliott Robbins / Daniel Roche / Iris Rose / Aura Rosenberg / Barbara Rothbart / Emily Roz / Ilan Rubin / Ken Saylor / John Schabel / Julia Scher / Jeffrey Schiff / Heidi Schlatter / Diana Schmertz / Nadine Schmied / Pieter Schoolworth / Barry Schwabsky / Anne Senstad / Elaine Sexton Trevor Shimizu / James Siena / Adam Simon / Leah Singer / Molly Soda / Claudia Sohrens / Tom Sperry / Colin Stearns / Gary Stephan / Steel Stillman / Tam Stockton George Stoll / Carol Szymanski / Sikay Tang / Vanessa Thill / Gwenn Thomas / Colin Thomson / Ben Thorp Brown / Cassidy Toner / Yulia Topchiy / Dan Torop / Sophie Tottie / Pegi Vail / Ali Van / Liselot van der Heijden / Philip Vanderhyden / Doris Vila Licht Julia Wachtel / Lindsay Walt / Dan Walworth / Max Warsh /Apichatpong Weerasethakul / Barbara Weissberger / Scott Williams / Nechama Winston / David Winter / Agata Winter / Pedro Wirz / B. Wurtz / Bernard Yenelouis / Sun You / Paul Young / H Spencer Young / Jiajia Zhang / Hanwen Zhang / Taole Zhu / John Zinsser / Ivandino Zulkarnaen