We live in a culture that churns out photographs by the billions every year and then immediately discards them in equal numbers.
As a photography educator, I try to counter that trend in any way I can, but mainly by encouraging visual literacy and a deeper awareness of the history of the medium and it’s different traditions of image-making.
My message to students this week has to do with the difference between appreciating and being able to discuss photographs intelligently and merely “liking” them on social media.
The takeaway today: likes on social media are the same as money in Monopoly.
photo by Lee Friedlander