In conversation with WIRED writer Pete Brook aka Prison Photography.

**FROM THE ARCHIVE**

This was the week back in 2010 where we caught up with the writer and #phonar collaborator Pete Brook . He shared what he learned when he took his blog “Prison Photography” on the road and introduces us to Michelle Vignes, the French photographer who was the very first staff member of Magnum.

 

Prison Photography Cruel and Unusual exhibition: http://www.noorderlicht.com/nl/fotogalerie/cruel-and-unusual/ Why we made a newspaper and not a traditional exhibition catalogue: http://prisonphotography.org/2012/02/13/why-we-made-a-newspaper-instead-of-a-traditional-exhibition-catalogue/ Buy the newspaper: http://www.noorderlicht.com/en/shop/books/cruel-and-unusual/ My reflections on my first experience curating and why Noorderlicht has all the right ingredients for a world class gallery: http://prisonphotography.org/2012/04/05/some-thoughts-on-and-thanks-to-noorderlicht-photo-gallery/ And why, when Noorderlicht was threatened with cuts from the Dutch government, it was a hard fought battle: http://prisonphotography.org/2012/06/02/strong-words-in-the-noorderlicht-funding-cut-debate/ Michelle Vignes Good biography: http://galeriadelaraza.org/eng/exhibits2/archive/artists.php?op=view&id=638&media=info&name=v Good gallery of selected works: http://www.smithandersennorth.com/artists/vignes/index.html Vignes’ photographs of the Summer Of Love: http://www.summeroflove.org/vignes.html Gallery and words by Michelle about covering the Indian Occupation of Alcatraz: http://60sfurther.com/Guest-Michelle-2.htm An American Vision / French photographer Michelle Vignes shoots from the inside http://www.sfgate.com/magazine/article/An-American-Vision-French-photographer-Michelle-2491973.php#ixzz2B5uJXL25 ‘Bay Area Blues’ book: http://www.amazon.com/Bay-Area-Blues-Lee-Hildebrand/dp/1566405955 “Magnum Salad” http://prisonphotography.org/2011/03/21/magnum-salad/ Late into her life, Vignes collaborated with social activist artists. In 2011, with RIGO23: http://prisonphotography.org/2011/03/20/rigo-23-the-black-panther-party-in-portugal-and-leonard-peltier-in-syracuse/ A tribute to Michelle by friend Melanie Light: . . . → Read More: In conversation with WIRED writer Pete Brook aka Prison Photography.

Phonar collaborators Pete Brook and Stephen Mayes in conversation for Wired.

Hopefully some of the themes in Pete’s article will sound familiar to us over here on #phonar. This is one not to be missed and brought to you by the ex-Director of VII Agency no less

Photographs Are No Longer Things, They’re Experiences

[Stephen Mayes] argues that the rise of digital changed the very nature of photography by moving it from a fixed image to a fluid one. The swift pace at which we create images is only matched by the pace at which we discard them and yet, paradoxically, we’ve never been more engaged with images. Photography is less about document or evidence and more about community and experience … and that’s not a bad thing.

“The way we relate to imagery is changing,” says Mayes, who thinks the pace of change is astonishing. Fortune magazine reported in September 2012 that “10% of all photos ever taken were shot in 2011.” That same month, Mark Zuckerberg said Instagram, just shy of two-years in existence, passed the 100 million users. Instagram users, who are signing up a rate of one per second, have taken over one billion images with the app. Such frenzied activity will account for some but not . . . → Read More: Phonar collaborators Pete Brook and Stephen Mayes in conversation for Wired.

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