Around the World - Street Photography in B&W
Six international photographers came together to create this video using new technologies like Twitter (which is how this started) and Vimeo. All the organizing and image file forwarding was through emails and Twitter. Obviously creative collaboration is getting easier every day.
*As this quote suggests, one of the big reasons these collaborations are happening is that the internet and digital technologies are making it exponentially easier for photographers to communicate from every corner of the world. But just because it’s possible, doesn’t tell us why it’s so attractive right now.
It seems likely this is a reaction against the sort of “lone artist” syndrome bread by digital production. Sure, I can make all the photos, retouch them in Photoshop, design some pages in InDesign, upload them to Blurb, and then publicize it all through my blog. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But we all know that we get huge creative energy from collaborating with editors and designers and publishers and writers. What’s exciting now is that the artist gets to decide at what stage he or she WANTS to collaborate, and it’s easier than ever once that decision is made. See below for more examples.