Will Success Spoil Photography?
Why is an Andreas Gursky photo currently worth fifty times more than an Emmet Gowin or a Cindy Sherman fourteen times more than an Aaron Siskind? How – and why – did this escalation in price and status occur? Photography’s move into the same marketplace as painting and sculpture has altered our perception of the medium’s dual nature as object and as image. What do these changes bode for the future of photography?
Barbara Tannenbaum joined the Cleveland Museum of Art as curator of photography in 2011 after a distinguished career at the Akron Art Museum. Upon arriving at the Cleveland Museum of Art, she organized the first museum exhibition of print-on-demand photobooks, "DIY: Photographers & Books" and wrote the accompanying catalogue. At Akron, Tannenbaum organized over 80 exhibitions, more than half focusing on photography and video. The groundbreaking "A History of Women Photographers" chronicled women’s achievements in fine art photography. Under her tenure, the Akron Art Museum’s photography collection grew from 500 works to over 2,500 photographs. She has lectured extensively throughout the United States and in Canada and China. She is currently on the National Advisory Board of Photolucida, Portland, Oregon, and is a trustee of The Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation.
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