This is What a Million Photos Look Like

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Image: Foam Amsterdam

 

Image: Foam Amsterdam

Above, that’s a mound of photos. There are 1 million to be exact.

Erik Kessels’ installation at the Amsterdam Foam gallery is made up of 1 million printed photos, all uploaded to Flickr during a 24-hour period.

“We’re exposed to an overload of images nowadays,” Kessels told Creative Review. “This glut is in large part the result of image-sharing sites like Flickr, networking sites like Facebook, and picture-based search engines. Their content mingles public and private, with the very personal being openly and un-selfconsciously displayed. By printing all the images uploaded in a 24-hour period, I visualise the feeling of drowning in representations of other peoples’ experiences.”

The exhibit looks at the future of photography for the 10th anniversary of Foam. If you happen to be in Amsterdam, you should swing by. Wouldn’t it be cool if your photos on Flickr made the installation?

 

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