Photography Never Dies is an exhibition dedicated to photography and its history. It is not an encyclopedic or historical study but rather a metaphorical illustrated story about the photographic medium. The presentation consists of photographic icons from the last 177 years, as well as archive photographs and contemporary amateur snapshots from social media. Next to the works of recognized artists and curators, such as Erik Kessels, Catherine Balet, Francesca Seravalle and Volker Hinz we can discover unknown images from private collections. Despite the death of photography as we know it, the idea of preserving reality in still images has survived and is flourishing more strongly than ever. Technology may change, but photography will never die.
Photography Never Dies exhibition was established in the framework of the European Capital of Culture, Wroclaw 2016. The idea of ECoC was born in 1985 as the initiative of the Greek Minister of Culture, Melina Mercouri and Jack Lang, Minister of Culture of France. The main aim of the event is mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue among European citizens.
The catalogue entitled Photography Never Dies is a result of artistic project curated by Krzysztof Candrowicz. The publication is parallel to the exhibition organized within the visual art program of the European Capital of Culture Wroclaw 2016. Foreword texts are written on idea, history and evolution of a photographic medium.
The catalogue is available here
The authors, Federica Chiocchetti, Tim Clark, Thomas Ferenc are contemporary experts in photography, sociology and philosophy, which gives a broader view of the subject. The publication consists of eight chapters, which are the result of long-term projects of invited artists, collectors and curators: Francesca Seravalle, Catherine Ballet, Jojakim Cortis, Adrian Sonderegger, Jean-Marie Donat, Volker Hinz, Artur Urbański, Tom Stayte and Erik Kessels