One Million Photographs: A Day's Worth of Flickr Uploads by Erik Kessels

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One Million Photographs: A Day's Worth of Flickr Uploads by Erik Kessels

Dutch photographer Erik Kessels is no stranger to the massive amount of imagery that surfaces on the web -- his latest installation, at Amsterdam's Future of the Photography Museum in FOAM, features more than one million photographs that he printed and tossed into into the What's Next exhibition space. 

The photos, he says, are 24 hours worth of public uploads to the popular image website, Flickr

"We're exposed to an overload of images nowadays," he writes. "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 unselfconsciously displayed. By printing all the images uploaded in a 24-hour period, I visualize the feeling of drowning in representations of other peoples' experiences."

Kessels writes that his aim was to visualize the 'drowning in pictures of the experiences of others" -- Flickr is currently home to more than six billion photos -- about the same amount of photos uploaded to Facebook every two months

 Kessel's show is on view at the Future of Photography Museum until December 7.

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