Artist Erik Kessels created an exhibit, on display at Foam in Amsterdam, that is a massive collection of every photo uploaded to Flickr in a 24-hour period. It’s stunning to see the volume of images as they literally pile up almost to the ceiling and pour through multiple rooms.
Through the digitalisation of photography and the rise of sites such as Flickr and Facebook, everyone now takes photos, and distributes and shares them with the world – the result is countless photos at our disposal. Kessels visualises ‘drowning in pictures of the experiences of others’, by printing all the images that were posted on Flickr during a 24-hour period and dumping them in the exhibition space. The end result is an overwhelming presentation of a million prints.