What Is a Photograph?

Matthew Brandt

“What is a photograph?” is the title of the current exhibition at New York’s International Center of Photography, and, to the eye of curator Carol Squiers, the question is open-ended. Featuring 21 artists working over the past four decades, the show includes prints that have been painted over (Gerhard Richter), photograms (Floris Neusüss), photos-cum-light sculptures (Marlo Pascual), prints that have gone for a long dip in the lake (Matthew Brandt), all manner of Internet-aided and digitally-manipulated pictures, and enormous scrolls of photo paper exposed to chemical spray (Mariah Robertson) that loop down from the ceiling. In other words, everyone passes—at times literally—with flying colors.

“What Is a Photograph?” is on view through May 4, 2014, at New York’s International Center of Photography, 1133 Ave of Americas.


Matthew Brandt, Grays Lake, ID 7, 2013. Photograph courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.


Artie Vierkant, Image Object Friday 7 June 2013 4:33PM, 2013. Photograph courtesy Higher Pictures, New York.


Kate Steciw, Armchair, Background, Basic, Beauty, Bed, Bedside, Bread, Breakfast, Bright, Cereal, Closeup, Cloth, Color, Contemporary, Couch, Crust, Day, Decor, Fox, Frame, Grain, Ingredient, Interior, Invitation, Irregular, Juice, Life, Living, Loaf, Luxury, Macro, Sofa, Speed, Style, Sweet, Texture. 2013. Photograph courtesy of the artist.


David Benjamin Sherry, Lower Yosemite Falls, Yosemite, California, 2013. Photograph courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York.


Alison Rossiter, Kilborn Acme Kruxo, processed in 2013. Photograph courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York.


Mariah Robertson, 154 [detail], 2010. Photograph courtesy of American Contemporary, New York.


Gerhard Richter, 18.2.08, 2008. Photograph courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.


Sigmar Polke, Untitled (Mariette Althaus), Early 1970s. Photograph courtesy of Estate of Sigmar Polke/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, and The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA/Art Resource, NY.


Marlo Pascual, Untitled, 2010. Photograph courtesy the artist and Casey Kaplan, New York