Documentary photography has undergone changes in the last three decades as it has become increasingly appropriated into the art world. Imagery that once used to illustrate pages in journals now often hangs on gallery walls. As photography entered into the 21st century, the advent of digital technology completely changed the philosophy of construction of documentary photography. The common use of digital technology has increased awareness of how easy it is to manipulate documentary images. With this manipulation, new genres of documentary imagery have increased confusion as to how we define documentary photography.
[re]connect: Postmodern Documentary Photography features selected works from 11 leading artists in the field of contemporary documentary photography: Min Kim Park, Oh Soon-Hwa, Jesvin Yeo, Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman, Julia Cybularz, Regina Mamou, Joe Johnson, Lynn Lee, Billie Mandle and Lee Dong Jun. Their research focuses on finding new ways to portray ‘truth’ through photography, exploring new subject matter in unique locations, confronting societal expectations and social norms, and discovering new ways of enhancing documentary photography in the digital age.
We designed the print and environmental aspects of the exhibition, building upon previous themes used in overseas versions of the exhibition, incorporating a graphic language that embraces the contemporary and elegant aesthetics of the pieces exhibited.