Organized by ICP Curator Carol Squiers, What Is a Photograph? explores the range of creative experimentation that has occurred in photography since the 1970s. This major exhibition brings together 21 emerging and established artists who have reconsidered and reinvented the role of light, color, composition, materiality, and the subject in the art of photography. In the process, they have also confronted an unexpected revolution in the medium with the rise of digital technology, which has resulted in imaginative reexaminations of the art of analog photography, the new world of digital images, and the hybrid creations of both systems as they come together.

“Artists around the globe have been experimenting with and redrawing the boundaries of traditional photography for decades,” said ICP Curator Carol Squiers, who organized the exhibit. “Although digital photography seems to have made analog obsolete, artists continue to make works that are photographic objects, using both old technologies and new, crisscrossing boundaries and blending techniques.”

What Is a Photograph? brings together these artists, who reinvented photography.

Featured Artists

Matthew Brandt, Marco Breuer, Liz Deschenes, Adam Fuss, Owen Kydd, Floris Neusüss, Marlo Pascual, Sigmar Polke, Eileen Quinlan, Jon Rafman, Gerhard Richter, Mariah Robertson, Alison Rossiter, Lucas Samaras, Travess Smalley, David Benjamin Sherry, Kate Steciw, Artie Vierkant, James Welling, Christopher Williams, and Letha Wilson

Mariah Robertson
Liz Deschenes
Marlo Pascual
Letha Wilson
Eileen Quinlan
Jon Rafman
Matthew Brandt
Alison Rossiter
David Benjamin Sherry
Travess Smalley
Owen Kydd
Kate Steciw
Floris Neusüss
Christopher Williams

Special Thanks

What Is a Photograph? is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Deborah Jerome and Peter Guggenheimer, the Consulate General of Germany New York, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.