The patterns that Katie curates, whether for a few hours on her Twitter, or in a more extensive and permanent way on one of her many blogs, tend to highlight the special way that the internet makes our most serious and meaningful desires and expressions come across as petty and absurd.
There’s a whole business model built on aggregating and curating the smartest and most interesting stuff on the web; Katie has dedicated herself to uncovering and collecting the saddest and stupidest and most banal (and most obsessed with My Little Pony). Amid the hyperbole and narcissism of the internet it’s nice to be reminded of how fundamentally silly human beings actually are.
"Mr. Larson, a photographer who teaches photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art, has been working with Marni Shindelman, a Rochester-based photographer, for more than two years on a project using location coordinates to combine Twitter messages with photos from the places where the posts originated. Mr. Larson calls the pairings, many of which have a melancholic feel, “anonymous tributes to anonymous people."
@thischrisking - ’I’ve pretty much come to accept I can’t afford photo books, just as I can’t afford edition prints. Purely luxury items.’
@peterainsworth - ‘These fetishised reasonably priced paper samples are designed to get you on the hard stuff, addiction and therefore collecting.’
@photoworks_uk - ’Nothing can replace printed books & magazines but digital can reach a far bigger audience. Both should compliment each other.’
@photoSensor - ‘Books & Magazines costing £££ can be seen as niche. Photo news papers & zines seen as cheap but easy to distribute to audience.’
Adam Stockwell via Facebook – ‘Our screen resolutions (etc.) are all going to vary, if an artist/photographer… wants the work to be viewed by everyone in the same way, with the same qualities then I believe printed materials are the best way. Short run books are for collectors. (Although I would wish that BJP Magazine would stop printing images on a two page spread. That makes images unsightly.)
Nina Perlman via Facebook - ’The question is slightly unfocused: from a collector’s perspective, books and artist zines are collectible items, more than a typical photo magazine. And from the artist’s point of view, a book or zine may be the best way to present and share the images/project. As always, though, the best way to share the work depends on the nature of the work.’
@peterainsworth - ‘There is a definite sense that digital media has great potential. It is really about using the right tool for the job. I would say that there will be a diverse and eclectic future combining both; maybe even in the same physical object’
@appleJuice_Mag - ’The e-book might not compete as such, because it caters to a different audience. Though that’s not to say it won’t achieve!’
@andreybogush - ’New devices have wonderful screens – for some photographs it can be much nicer medium than traditional paper-based one.’
@phaidon - ’You still can’t beat having a beautifully bound & laid out book just waiting to be opened+explored to viewing images on a screen. Plus, we’ve not found an e-reader yet that has that wonderful new book smell.’
@marcwilsonPhoto – ‘Ebook immediate & with own interactive possibilities but never a replacement for cherished beauty+texture of a physical book.’
@rzyrzy - ’While ebooks are great &convenient, it just wouldn’t have as inviting a presence as a photobook on my shelf or coffee table.’
@blinkzine - ”I agree, but not a concern because bad books will be lost and forgotten…”
@whiteheadollie – “A ‘book’ should be an artifact, and traditionally it had to be earned, now anybody can do it and this has lowered quality.”
@emiliatelese - ”Quality can be plainly seen through looking at the context in which art is produced. No context = shallow art.”
@rzyrzy - “Quality work is still being produced, it just probably takes a lot more digging to find it now.”
@hello_marcbaker - ”Yes. I think the lack of quality is born from the want to publish something quickly, but I don’t think it’s a concern.”
@caferoyalbooks – “Yes…and no. Everything is becoming easier and so more people are able to do more things. Publishing is one, taking photos is another. It doesn’t concern me. @hello_marcbaker I think speed can bring about lack or quality, however it is very possible to produce something high quality, fast. @whiteheadollie Gill, Gottlund, Fowler, ..all make amazing books. Amazing content and quality. That’s one way of working, I actually quite like disposable / ephemeral materials, especially when it’s made to the highest of standards – that’s why I do what I do. I don’t fetishise over litho printed hardbacks [not that theres anything wrong with that, it’s just one way of working, of many].”