Is the iPhone Good or Bad for Photography?

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Is iPhone photography art?
These days, anyone with a smart phone is an amateur photographer. Or at least they think they are. Don't get us wrong, we overuse Instagram filters as much as the next person, but we're starting to wonder how this technology is affecting one of our favorite art forms.

And we're not the only ones who are curious. First Studio Gallery had a show called "iPhoneography" last month, and MonOrchid is hosting a similarly themed exhibition "Social Photography: An experiment with virtual and physical space" in December.

With the question becoming more pronounced, we figured it was time for another round of Questionable Content. So we asked some of our favorite photography buffs about how the iPhone is impacting photography as art. Whether you use your iPhone for creating art or for taking pictures of your cat, you'll want to hear what they had to say.

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Can/Should Anyone Curate an Art Exhibition?

Welcome to Jackalope Ranch's Questionable Content, where local creatives and experts sound off on topics posed by New Times staff blogger Claire Lawton and the community. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail Claire.Lawton@newtimes.com.

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Julia Rothman
Curators are responsible for most of the artwork we're exposed to on a daily basis, and while their titles carry different weights and responsibilities, their role is universal.

In town, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art just hired a new curator while ASU Art Museum is still looking to fill the spot left by John Spiak last year, and Artlink just posted an "open call" for it's AE England Gallery in downtown Phoenix.

Most galleries around Phoenix have curators, though the term is a bit looser, as many are co-ops and exhibitions are solo shows decided upon by the artists. And local coffee shop have jumped on the bandwagon, welcoming curators at Cartel Coffee Lab's Tempe and Phoenix locations, and Echo Coffee in Scottsdale.


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Should Artists Paint Murals for Free?

Welcome to Jackalope Ranch's Questionable Content, where local creatives and experts sound off on topics posed by New Times staff blogger Claire Lawton and the community. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail Claire.Lawton@newtimes.com.

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Photo by Claire Lawton
Dave Quan painting his ooze on the Chocolate Factory on Grand Avenue. Note: Quan was paid to paint the mural in March, 2011. Read the full story about Quan's Blue Ooze here.
See also: Mural City
See also: Tag, You're Art: Local Street Artists Are Tagging Over Murals and Calling It Art

This town has a lot of thank you notes to send out to the artists who make its buildings a little more colorful -- especially if they're doing it pro bono. Artists have painted walls since they've had paint and a tool with which to apply it to a wall, and the history of being paid to paint a mural on the side of a building dates back to the beginning of advertising.

So when it comes to local businesses asking artists to cover their walls with their signature characters, landscapes and typography, is it hurting their own value to paint for free?


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