Over the past 20 years, CENTER has connected artists to industry leaders, shared lens-based media with diverse audiences, and has had the privilege of watching photography evolve as a practice, as a field, and as a medium.
Image-making technology has become ubiquitous, the digital age has inspired new modes of connectivity, and photography has served as a crucial tool for change. The rate of change that has occurred in the last 20 years is challenging to track, however, it is clear that our world is not the same world as it was two decades ago. The 21st Century paradigm shift will forever be underscored by the COVID-19 global pandemic and within, the sociopolitical tensions fueling civil unrest throughout the world. We are witnessing the negotiation of the new era and would like to examine photography’s role in this historical moment.
Join us as we investigate the trajectory of lens-based media practices and speculate on the future of the field. Programs will occur in multiple platforms and will be available in an online multimedia suite featuring reflective texts, a podcast series, panel discussions, and a 20-year archive and resource of the Review Santa Fe, Award & Grant alumni photographers. Stay tuned for more content in the coming months.
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The Photography 20/20 Compendium investigates the past 20 years of photography in interviews, panel discussions, critical essays, photographer presentations, and more. As an initial point of departure, CENTER will guide the 20/20 Compendium programs with three primary lines of inquiry:
How has photography and lens-based media evolved in the past 20 years?
What conditions — social, economic, and political — have influenced the field in the past 20 years?
Given what has already occurred in the 21st Century, what possible futures are there for lens-based media in the next 20 years?