Robert Adanto's 3D: Darkly Digital & Divine examines, what some theorists have deemed the "post photographic world", through eye-opening personal interviews with some of the most adventurous image makers working today, including Tereza Vlcková, Ruud van Empel, Erwin Olaf, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Oleg Dou, Jonny Briggs, Jamie Baldridge, Sabine Pigalle, Vee Speers, Lisa Holden, Esther Janssen, Clinton Fein, Carla Gannis, Emily Allchurch, Bernd Preiml, Katerina Belkina, Jasper de Beijer, Michel Valentino and Mel Bagshaw.
"Digitization, and, in particular image processing software has brought vast possibilities for manipulating images within easy reach of the photographer. These possibilities are so extensive that assembling manipulated photography is beginning to look like painting in the visual language of photography. Initially the expectations were that digitization would merge into video, film, and interactive programs such as games; looking back after two and a half decades of digitization, it appears that has not happened. Still photography has retained its characteristic status in the media sphere as a static image which becomes the object itself. Moreover, through its possibilities for manipulation, digitization has brought photography closer to the time-honored traditions of classic painting. But digitally manipulated photography can do more than painting: it can more convincingly bring together things which are irreconcilable in reality, it can morph, and it can create virtual imaginary worlds and beings that look "really real"."
Beyond Photography: photography and imagination
Voetnoot Publishers and Ruud van Empel