Artist Spotlight: reGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers Today

By The Aperture Foundation

In this edited clip, the curators and authors of reGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers Today, William A. Ewing and Nathalie Herschdorfer, explain the anonymous selection process of this international survey through photography schools all over the world. By reviewing over 700 portfolios, the curators were interested to reveal “what photography schools are doing today” and not necessarily new trends. They also touch on specific directions within this survey they were surprised to encounter and the “complimentary unit” between the exhibition and the book.

This edited excerpt is from a panel discussion on reGeneration2 that took place on January 19, 2011 at Aperture Gallery, coinciding with the exhibition on view. In addition to the curators, the panel included Sam Stourdzé, Director of Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne and artists Ted Partin (USA), Benjamin Beker (UK) and Jennifer Osborne (Canada) from both reGeneration projects.

reGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers Today exhibition and accompanying publication, is presented by Aperture Foundation from January 20 through March 17, 2011, in collaboration with the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, and with the support of Pro Helvetia and the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York.

Following the worldwide critical acclaim of the book and exhibition reGeneration: 50 Photographers of Tomorrow in 2005, a breakthrough publication for artists such as Pieter Hugo or Nathalie Czech, Aperture Foundation and Musée de l’Élysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, have collaborated on a new edition. This second volume and exhibition–the broadest survey of its kind–features the works of eighty up-and-coming photographers selected from 120 of the world’s top photography schools.

As the digital revolution continues its relentless advance, it demolishes longstanding practices in every domain of the photographic field. reGeneration2 examine how the new generation of photographers operates, showcasing their inspiring creativity and ingenuity, and revealing the diversity of emerging photography.

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