The inaugural cycle of the Hillman Photography Initiative at Carnegie Museum of Art investigates the lifecycle of images: their creation, transmission, consumption, storage, potential loss, and reemergence. Technology accelerates the pace of this cycle, and often alters or redirects the trajectory of an image in unexpected, powerful ways.
The Hillman Photography Initiative is an incubator for innovative thinking on the photographic image. The Initiative centers around four projects that, taken together, investigate the boundaries and possibilities of photography through the way that an image travels. Conceived through an open, discursive process, unique in a museum setting, these projects include live public events at the museum, a pop-up reading room in the galleries, two collaborative web-based projects, and a series of commissions, including documentary videos, art projects, and writing. This website is designed to foster public conversations around the larger story that these four projects tell, and knit them together in a single experience.
Favoring an approach that is experimental and open to new perspectives, a group of external agents joined the Initiative’s program manager Divya Rao Heffley and Carnegie Museum of Art curator Tina Kukielski in 2013 to pose a set of questions about the future of photography as an art form in a world in which any one individual sees thousands of images every day.
- Marvin Heiferman, independent curator and writer
- Alex Klein, the Dorothy and Stephen R. Weber Program Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
- Illah Nourbakhsh, professor of robotics and director of the CREATE Lab, Carnegie Mellon University
- Arthur Ou, assistant professor of photography at Parsons The New School for Design.