Is Photography Over?

SFMOMA has been collecting and exhibiting photographs since the museum’s founding in 1935 and is dedicated to the examination of the medium in all its forms. A major symposium on the current state of the field, held at SFMOMA in April 2010, was the first in a series of public programs on photography.

This page archives the conversation begun in the Is Photography Over? symposium. It includes video of the entire program, complete, unedited transcripts of the proceedings, and the original position statements submitted by the participants in advance of the symposium. Additional responses and reports on the two days of the symposium can be found on our blog, Open Space.

The symposium was held at SFMOMA from April 22–23, 2010.

Videos + Transcripts

Recordings of the entire program are available below, or on our YouTube channel.

Complete, unedited transcripts of the entire program are available as PDF files at the links below:

Participant Texts

This symposium is generously funded by the Fraenkel Gallery Fund for New Studies in Photography.

Is Photography Over?

Working with everything from giant camera obscuras to ghostly, atmospheric photograms, these photographers stretch their art practice both technologically and conceptually, begging the question: is there value to speaking about photography as a specific practice or discipline?