Hillman Photography Initiative Explores Future of Photography


The Hillman Photography Initiative has launched nowseethis.org at the Carnegie Museum of Art with four separate projects focused on the lifecycle of images.

The Invisible Photograph is a five-part documentary series about photographs that have been stored, lost or forgotten. This Picture focuses on the value of a single image. A People’s History of Pittsburgh is an online archive of photographs and stories from the city’s residents. Orphaned Images are images that have turned up in unexpected places via online dissemination, reappropriation, and sharing. Finally, The Sandbox: At Play with the Photobook features a pop up reading room and event space at the museum from May 3 through July 28 organized by Melissa Catanese and Ed Panar, owners of Spaces Corners bookstore.

The Hillman Photography Initiative was founded to explore the rapidly changing field of photography. A group of “agents,” including Marvin Heiferman, Alex Klein, Illah Nourbakhsh, and Arthur Ou, joined Carnegie Museum curator Tina Kukielski and program manager Divya Rao Heffley to explore, as the press release put it, “the future of photography as an art form in a world in which any one individual sees over 5,000 images per day.”