Can Digital Images Be Fine Art? Round Table Discussion Tonight in Boynton

If Ansel Adams were alive with a Facebook account, and he saw those really artsy Hipstamatic "prints" that you've been posting, what would he think? Would he agree that they are super cool and artistic, or might he call them cheap imitations of the real thing?

The debate as to whether digital images can be considered fine art is a lively one in the art world. "With all of the 'auto this,' 'auto that' [in digital photography], the photographer pretty much becomes the button pusher," says Rolando Chang Barrero, Director of ActivistArtistA Gallery in Boynton Beach.

Barrero recently put together an exhibition at the Boynton Beach City Library entitled Journalist/Voyeur, which explores the topic of whether digital photography can be fine art, as well as other questions related to journalistic and fashion photography, by featuring the work of "two non-traditional artists"--fashion photographer Jonathan Dvoretz and commercial photographer Michael Herb.

To flesh out the topic even further, he has organized a round table discussion to take place tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 the same location. 

The talk will be moderated by City of Boynton Beach Public Art Administrator Debby Coles-Dobay and will feature special guest panelists Lona O'Conner of the Palm Beach Post, Lisa Rockford, curator of 1310 Gallery, Candy Childrey of Florida Arts Guild, Dan O'Brian of Broward Arts Guild, New Times' own Monica McGivern, as well as the exhibiting artists, Jonathan Dvoretz and Michael Herb.

The exhibition itself will be open for public viewing from 1 to 5 p.m. prior to the discussion.

Tip: You may score mega "meta" points with your academic Facebook friends if you upload retro looking iPhone shots of this event to your page.

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Travis Newbill