After looking at the both objects, it’s become evident that’s there’s a conflict between photographs as objects and as viewing them on screens. In “24 Hours In Photos” Kessels printed the photographs, converting the images off Flickr to physical objects. In doing this, his point had a much larger impact as opposed to looking through an album on a photo site. This made me realise how important it is to maintain photographs as physical objects. I believe with photos there’s only so much you can gain from them online or from viewing them off a projector. I think you get so much more when you can hold it and it’s tangible. However, due to technology, will photographs as objects become a thing of the past?
Alison Nordstrom (George Eastman House, New York) was one of the curators FOAM invited to be a part of there “What’s next?” programme at The Future of the Photography Museum. Her presentation “Ideas In Things: The Photograph as an Object”. Nordstrom placed special emphasise on the importance of photographs as objects. As an object, we can keep it in our locket, in our purse, in our wallet, pin it on our wall, put in a frame beside our bed, kiss it, write on it, rip it up or put in a photo album. The most magnificent part of photographs as objects is that they survive us and museums can preserve, maintain and catalogue them, meaning people can look back at a different time and place, long after they had ceased to exist.
Nordstrom presents photos from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries taken from the George Eastman House collection, emphasising the importance to maintain photographs as physical objects and the value of the physical print as a source of information, a document and a study of reflection. Even Kessels “24-Hours In Photos” showed how photographs as physical objects can be really powerful and overwhelming. I hope people will still print and keep photographs, instead of just keeping them on sites or on their computers. But with such advances in technology will they no longer be necessary?