Photography has a history of debate over its flawed potential to represent the truth. From disputes around Robert Capa's iconic 1936 photograph The Falling Soldier, to '80s and '90s consciously staged tableaus, the 2015 revoking of the World Photo Competition prize due to digital manipulation, and countless other controversies, questioning the medium as an accurate communicator has now become commonplace, and almost boring. This past year, the proliferation of click-bait #fakenews sites, and even inconsistencies in the mainstream media have been at the center of this conversation, with photographs and memes playing a central role towards enhancing those narratives. And in late January, 2017, Kellyanne Conway caused a stir with her Orwellian reference to "Alternative Facts." Which brings us to our latest open call.
For Group Show #52: Alternative Facts, we're interested in seeing how photographers play with truth in a so-called "post-fact" world. We're intentionally leaving this vague and open ended - please interpret as you see fit. (And while you're at it, check out our current exhibition: Future Isms)