Monday, April 28, 2008

Sepia No More

In Sunday's New York Times Magazine there was an interesting article entitled Sepia No More which examines the nature of Flickr, and moderates a discussion about the saccharine photographs that populate the site. In her essay, Virginia Hefernan explores how Rebekka Guoleifsdottir and Merkley, two of the most adored Flickr photographers, got the recognition they did. She comments:

"But just as certain ne’er-do-well writers have found themselves in blogging, and failed filmmakers have taken to online video, these seemingly out-of-step artists have both invented and mastered the Flickr photograph. Other photographers have added still more levels of processing — including the otherworldly contrasts achieved with high-dynamic-range photography — to the quintessential Flickr image, and it’s becoming only more eye-popping and stylized."