I was looking at a photo competition the other day – and the more ‘interesting’ categories that were there – and amongst the more obvious ones of portraiture, environmental etc, there were two that struck me as unusual. One was ‘appropriation’, and the other was ‘found imagery’.
I did a search as to what ‘found imagery’ was, and was led to this article which referred to “Unfortunate Views of Google Street View”
Do click on the link (it’s safe) and have a read. The photographer is using Google street view, and photographing what he sees on his computer screen. The German photographer Michael Wolf received an honorable mention for a set of images taken in this way in this year’s World Press Photo Contest.
Is this photojournalism though? I’d question it.
I used to be an agency photographer, and was not allowed to change anything in an image – it had to reflect exactly what was happening at the time, so I’m not sure that a photograph of a photograph qualifies.
Then there is ‘appropriation’ art…. the term seems to have come into use specifically in relation to certain American artists in the 1980s. For example Sherrie Levine reproduced as her own work other works of art, including paintings by Claude Monet. Her aim was to create a new situation, and therefore a new meaning or set of meanings, for a familiar image.
Take a look at this link researching into ‘appropriation’
Incorporating Photography into Art History, Starting with August Sander