17 April 2007

I Am Artist

A few months ago I saw an article regarding an interesting exhibit that would be happening at Musée de l'Elysee in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Entitled We Are All Photographers Now: The Rapid Mutation of Amateur Photography in the Digital Age, the exhibit focuses on the advancement of photographic technology and how it has enabled people from all over the world to easily capture and display those images.

The museum curators put out a call to amateur photographers everywhere to send images of other amateur photographers taking photos of major events or well-known locations. These photos would be randomly selected for display in the exhibit. Selected photos would be displayed for one week during the exhibit, which runs from February 8th through May 20th. At the end of each week, new photos are selected for display.

At the time I heard of the exhibit we had recently returned from a weekend in Paris. During our trip I had been routinely frustrated by other photographers getting in the way of my own photos. In the end I decided to experiment and see if I could find ways to incorporate them into the photos rather then stew about their very existence on this earth.

Therefore, I happened to have some photographs that fit the theme and I sent in this one...

This photograph was taken in the Music Library of the Paris Opera House.

After I sent it, I promptly forgot all about it.

Yesterday I received an e-mail informing me that my photograph was currently on display and would remain for the rest of this week. They even included a picture of my photograph displayed in the museum.

Sadly, I am unable to go to Lausanne to see it before it is replaced by the new batch of photos.

But I am still oddly pleased that it was selected.

According to the museum's website they have now received 28,923 photographs from 7,707 photographers in 128 countries.

If you would like to send in your own photograph, click here.


Pointless Drivel said...

That is just too cool for words. Congratulations!

It is a fantastic picture. Not to sound overly artsy-fartsy, but I remember when you first posted it and thought it very striking.

I think you should expand on this idea. Start taking photographs of photographers, develop a portfolio, and see where it takes you.

Un-Swiss Miss said...

Congratulations! Your photo certainly makes me think.

Edmundo Alfaro said...

Wow, that is very cool! You must put that in your curriculum vitae!...

By the way, the wife and I are travelling a few days toi Zurich. How is the weather around may? Any recomendations of what to visit? Restaurants?


J.S.Zolliker said...

Dont know why it puts my name as Edmundo Alfaro (I only administer his blog).

Anonymous said...

That's awesome, congratulations!

Global Librarian said...

PT: I could be just like Kramer. Only instead of a coffee table book about coffee tables, it could be a book featuring photographs of photographers!

Un-Swiss and Beth: Thanks!

Edmundo (aka Zolliker): what types of things have you liked from previous posts of our explorations in and around Zürich? Off the top of my head -- try out the Jules Verne Bar, see the Rodin exhibit at the Kunsthaus, go hiking on Uetliberg, take the boat out to Rapperswil and try out the Zeughaus Kellar (on Paradeplatz) for very traditional Swiss food surrounded by weapons throughout the ages!

If you want more info, just send me an e-mail. My e-mail address is listed in my profile.

Pointless Drivel said...

Sure, if you cvan figure out a way for it to turn into a photographer.

Global Librarian said...

Perhaps instead we could place a small digital camera in the book itself?

Expat Traveler said...

how awesome! That pic looks incredible. Congrats!

MarianLibertarian said...

That is too cool! Now you can just aimlessly toss off the remark, "yes, my work has hung in the Musee de l'Elysee" at cocktail parties. Tell folks you're currently at work on your next exhibit.