Tsunami of Vernacular Photographs Recording Every Action as if it Were of Equal Importance

by Bill Davenport September 18, 2012

Every photograph uploaded to Flickr in one day, printed and exhibited in Amsterdam: “24 hr photos” , an installation by Erik Kessels. Photograph: © Gijs van den Berg/Courtesy of FOAM Magazine

NY times blogger James Estrin contrasts the measured connoisseurship of an old-style photographic festival with the estimated 380 billion photographs taken last year by camera phones, or the 380 million uploaded to Facebook every day. Estrin rails against photographs used as “a chintzy currency in a social interaction,” and fears the that professional photographers will be swept away in  the “tsunami of vernacular photos.”

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