Photographers Thinking Like A Software Engineer

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Seeing Houck’s show and subsequently investigating a number of other emerging photographers working in similar ways has convinced me that this “thinking like a software engineer” is a big white space that stands open for artistic exploration. As an approach, it applies a wholly original conceptual framework to the medium of photography, while still allowing for connections to traditional ways of seeing. I was intellectually and visually impressed by Houck’s projects; while I think the Aggregates are the meaningfully stronger of the two, I can’t remember seeing a set of underlying first show ideas that felt so promising.


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  1. I’m trying to decipher the jibber-jabber jargoneering. I do not believe it is as revolutionary as the writer claims it to be (see MANUAL (Ed Hill and Suzanne Bloom) who were doing this sort of work back in the ’80s and ’90s). but the work itself looks mildly interesting.

  2. MacCruiskeen

    When I was a kid, I had one of those prints made by strings of letters output on a teletype arranged to make a picture when it was hung on the wall. As I recall, mine was a Snoopy. It was pretty rad at the time.