Back when Andreas Gursky was on the rise, the art
world buzzed about the supposedly unfair advantages of digital
photography. Photoshop and other computer manipulations were seen as
performance-enhancing drugs, an impression fostered by Mr. Gursky's
gargantuan, hyperdetailed prints.
We have since learned that these processes need
not poison the medium. Some young photographers have made a point of
going digital in transparent ways. Others have disappeared into the
darkroom, emerging with works that bear legitimizing traces of
chemicals. Abstract photographs are everywhere, sidestepping the whole
Three current shows outline the manifold choices available to contemporary photographers.
Read the complete review in The New York Times.