“But still, the cleaners keep chucking stuff away (cussed working-class critics of modern art who are the last bastions of criticism)”
“It is so easy with these technologies to believe you are Baudelaire’s ‘painter of modern life’, the ironic flâneur capturing the passing life of the modern world, or a latter-day Atget, but really you are the servant of a computerised eye. Instagram’s apparent claim of ownership of every image on its site would actually be a logical next step, for the reality is that no individuality exists in the creation of digital images.”
“Internet utopians believe the crowd is the future, and equate it with democracy. But all the evidence of history tells us crowds are dangerous, irrational and colossally unwise.
The crowd is a fool.”
“Kim Kardashian has come not to praise the photography book, but to bury it. Her new book, Selfish, is the ultimate slap in the face for anyone who ever pointed a camera with high hopes of being the new Henri Cartier-Bresson or Don McCullin and getting their sensitive snaps published in a moving monograph called The Gangs of Leeds, perhaps, or The Last Fish and Chip Shop.”
“… it all gets daft when amateur snappers think they are artists.”
“Photography can easily degenerate into a pseudo-art, with millions of people all taking pictures of the same things and all thinking we are special.
This amateur delusion of photographic art is everywhere today – from Instagram to the streets and hills, where there is always someone taking their holiday snaps too damn seriously.”