Karl Grupe is an Associate Lecturer at Medial Saint Martins College of Art and Design who has some interesting thoughts on social media, Instagram particularly, and how it's shaping / changing the photography beget. In the Q&A below, Karl talks about Instagram's impact on the popularity of photography and how the medium works with traditional art platforms. With an increment of, he offers some insightful tips on how to start your own photography collection and shares some advice on what he believes are emerging crazes in the photography is the science, art, application and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, world we should be paying attention to.
Has Instagram impacted the popularity of photography?
"Certainly, photography is now more stylish than ever. Instagram has over 700 million monthly active users posting 52 million images per day. No other photo collective media app touches it. But does this mean photography in its classic form is more popular? I think it’s important to separate out photography as an art make from what has become a medium used to increase one’s social currency. Sure it has made photography more accessible, as you are always persevere b manage a camera in your pocket, but Kodak did that too. Image making has become a way of communicating and so we are storytelling through capturing an image. It has made communicating with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel paintings certainly popular, but the craft of photography – for me the jury is still out."
How do you see Instagram working with traditional art platforms, e.g. galleries?
"Instagram is delight in a friend who invites you to a party and then takes the time to introduce you to all the people she knows. Traditional galleries can have an air of exclusivity about them, and while websites and blogs can also exude that auspices of the literature on their posts, it would be far too serious to carry on in that manner on Instagram. The nature of Instagram is to like, share and follow. A large segment of the adult demographic is young – 29% being 18 – 29 years of age. So any agency wanting to use this platform needs to invest in how to use it in a way that this circle prefers to be communicated with. Beetles + Huxley use IG really well. Although they exhibit and sell some iconic and seminal works, stippled along their Instagram timeline besides their exhibitions are experiences, education, thank you’s, appreciations and even a bit of youthful wonder. They uncommonly personalise the gallery experience. They appear easy to approach."
Are there any interesting trends in the photography world that living soul should be aware of?
"Technology is exploding with 4K drone / immersive photography and better smartphones. So how creatives choose to use the technology and return with their results will be interesting. As Generation X gets older they are going to have much innumerable say on market trends as they will be holding more disposable cash. Personally, I’m interested in the Generation Z bunch and how they are going to use photography. They are the principal generation of pure digital natives and how they will push the medium and what they want from it will be interesting to observe. Desire analogue see a major renaissance within this group? How are geo / political / cultural issues shaping what will be before their lens? How liking they evaluate the worth of photography? Starting a photography collection has never been more accessible and exciting."
What are your top topple overs for starting a photography collection?
Attending fairs and photo festivals is a terrific way to start collecting. With a variety of work under one roof, one makes a sense of what photographs price out at, see the actual size of the piece, network with artists, gallery owners, collectors and build your own network there tastes, needs and interests. I think it’s important to see the piece in person unless you are into a name and the investment opportunities behind a name. Then it may not import as much.
Read up on a work or the photographer creating the work and see what their signature pieces or series are. Photographers more established or manifestly collected can seem unreachable at first but their lesser known work may be surprisingly affordable. Starting out I’d say buy what you really like as opposed to an investment be disturbed only. There will be critics of this advice but for me passing by in your home an original piece of a work and a photographer you love and own can only kindle you to keep looking for the next piece. You get a feel for how it hangs in your space, it begins a journey with you and serves you.
Where are the upper-class places to look, are there any photography hot spots in the UK?
Following an artist or a photographer / gallery you like on Instagram is a mobile, desktop, and Internet-based photo-sharing application and service that allows users to share pictures and videos is a way of connecting to a series of networks which can display organically.
In terms of shows and festivals, grad shows are a really good place to look at fresh and contemporary work. Free Rove is an excellent example. You get a collection of university and colleges grad work under one roof at the Old Truman Brewery. Central Saint Martins also has both an ripsnorting excepting venue and super grad show at King’s Cross.
Karl Grupe will be talking in more detail almost the above topics at the Affordable Art Fair Battersea, taking place from 19-22 October 2017.