5×5 features five photographs by five photographers, usually curated around a specific subject matter, selected by a guest editor.
It’s cheesy to start anything off with a quote, but there’s no way around this one — legendary MOMA curator John Szarkowski said that “one might compare the art of photography to the act of pointing.” When I first heard this sentiment, it changed the way I thought about photography, simply because pointing is a reaction to something that’s already there. I began to imagine “the photographer” as someone who chooses which moments/perspectives in this finite world are worth saving, and then choses which of those extractions deserve our attention. Suddenly, in my mind, photography was a curative medium, not a creative one.
Maybe this is why I have a real soft spot for photo projects that are definitively curative, especially in the digital arena, which I see as an awesome and relatively untapped reservoir of imagery, ripe for exploration by great pointers.