Ruining Photos

Thursday, June 26th, 2008 - Nicholas Calcott

No words can describe this.

Ever seen Style Wars? That great documentary, set in 1983, is an overview of graffiti culture. The whole thing is presented as a kind of Eden, until about halfway through, when the “bombers” show up. Previously, most graph was these huge, glorious murals, intended to showcase the artists skill and get his name out through sheer artistic ability. When the bombers pop up, their M.O. is to basically tag as much as possible, as quickly as possible, frequently over other graffiti writers’ work.

The same thing is (kind of) happening with photography.

PDNPulse reports here.

Asylum, via The Moment, reports here. [The Moment also, incidentally, links to a gallery of photos of Charleton Heston’s underground gun bunker. It feels very Taryn Simon.]