Take the Picture: Capture, Collect, Archive, Photograph

Do we make photographs, or take them? Since its inception, photography has been envisioned as a collecting tool: a means of accumulating, preserving, and organizing things in the world through the creation of surrogate visual records. The camera imperfectly gathers and groups in order to memorialize, to document, to make meaning, and even to possess. The curator is calling for work that explores the potential and the limitations of photography as an acquisitive practice and asks how photographs might allow us to collect the uncollectible. Selected photographs will be included in the publication, Take the Picture: Capture, Collect, Archive, Photograph.