Jordi V. Pou for Talking Cameras
Jordi V. Pou (one of the 4 photographers of eyephoneography #2) sent us his contribution for Talking Cameras, the collective mobile photography documentary that we announced in our last post. We will take this chance to introduce Jordi to all of you.
Jordi V. Pou was born in Lleida (Spain) where he lives and works as a professional photographer. He begun to take pictures in the late 80’s and during the 90’s he attended various photography courses and seminars all over Spain with teachers such as Koldo Chamorro, Cristina García Rodero, Manel Serra, Manolo Laguillo Bernard Plossu, among others.
Jordi’s personal work is mainly black and white intimate photography, in most cases definitively urban and shot always closer to his home. He has exhibited several times in Lleida (IEI, Col • legi Aparelladors, Museu Morera, Periferiart, Centre d’Art La Panera) and in other cities like Barcelona, Madrid, Andorra, Almussafes, Guardamar, Doña Mencia, both in solo and group exhibitions.
He has been awarded several scholarships and prizes both at the national and international level: 11a Mostra de Fotografia Jove, Can basté La República (BCN), Fotoencontre Almussafes, Guardamar Photo Workshops, Project dMencía, and Scholarship Foundation Young Photographers United.
Over the past 2 years, Jordi has been very dedicated to his project kokovoko.info. During 2010, this work has brought him international recognition with participation in various group exhibitions in Melbourne, New York, Berlin, Philadelphia, Berkeley, and Paola (Italy).
And Kokovoko is precisely the center of the video that he submitted for Talking Cameras.
We hope it will inspire many of you to share your views, thoughts and experiences on mobile photography!
We also asked Jordi three questions.
1. Mobile photography can/cannot be considered an art because …
Mobile photography is not an art as neither are painting, sculpting or music. Or maybe it is? In my opinion it is not about the tool you use but about how you use it. No one will become a poet just because s/he knows how to use a pen and has some paper. There is a technical part, of course, and mobile photography just makes it easier for many people, but there’s still the need to have an intention and define an own discourse to do art. At present, many artists are using mobile photography so of course there is mobile photography that is art.
2. Mobile photography could contribute to society by …
Mobile photography just pushed photography popularity some steps forward, as historically happened first with the Kodak camera more than a century ago and more recently with digital cameras. No way back. Almost everyone carries a camera on. This will mean a boost on shared images; in fact this is just happening. There has never been such access to lots of images from all over the world at any moment. But we still have to learn how to use them. Nothing to do with journalism, art, records or any classic use of images.
3. The future of mobile photography is …
Mobile photography is just a boost now, so new, and still finding the right place to be. In my opinion it will suppose a redefinition of what photography means, where it is undoubtedly included. This is what really gives strength to this new tool, it will redefine what a camera is and how we share photographs. Mobile photography is changing photography. Traditional photography should be redefined, and I’m not talking only about technique, I’m talking about uses, subjects, the photographer itself and new rules of photographic image. We will probably call it photography, but surely it will not be the same after the “Mobile photography revolution”.
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