Photographing Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction (Picasso)

A friend once asked on FB why people take photos at museums. Is it just cultural fetish objectification? I suppose so, maybe. Myself, though, I find that taking photos of art can slow down the experience of moving though the galleries, lending the picture a longer look, enhancing the exhibition value of the art, while adding a more personal aspect to the object, in this case to these early Picasso’s at the Museum of Modern Art.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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4 Responses to Photographing Art in the Age of Digital Reproduction (Picasso)

  1. marta braiterman tanenbaum says:

    I recall reading a statistic that the average time devoted per person to each painting viewed in a major museum is 4 seconds.

  2. I take photos so that I can include them in my blog at a later date, don’t you?

    • zjb says:

      i didn’t use to, but now i take photos all the time, now, because of the blog!! other images, of course, i just “steal” from the internet.

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