In daily life, it’s relatively rare to hear someone mention a ‘mobile photography exhibition’.
Even with the rise of smartphone photography and its increasing professional capabilities, for many, it’s still difficult to conjure up an image of snaps leaping from mobile camera roll to live gallery spaces – and being taken seriously.
However, the way things are looking, these types of exhibitions will surely become more prevalent.
Last week, Berlin-based photo-sharing and discovery app startup EyeEm hosted a two-day festival in the German capital and brought together various members from the tech, photo and media industries to discuss the ever-evolving role of photography in business, art and society.
A key part of EyeEm’s event was the mobile photography exhibition and awards ceremony that showcased works from its photography competition, which saw more than 100,000 submissions from 15,000 photographers across 150 countries.
The jury, which included Anna Dickson (The Huffington Post’s Photography Director), Rankin (Hunger magazine’s founder) and Rebecca Wilson (Saatchi Art’s Chief Curator and Director, Artist Development), among others, narrowed it down to 10 winners in various categories.
Taking place in an old carpet factory in Berlin, the exhibition consisted of two floors. The first level featured a dark space with several standing screens, arranged in an oval, flashing images that were submitted to the competition. On the floor above, a makeshift gallery space with snapshots from the finalists displayed against white backdrops.
If you go to galleries often, EyeEm’s unevenly ‘hung’ photos alongside the distractingly diverse – and questionable – array of media that the images were printed on (matte/gloss photo paper and, even, thick-sheeted aluminum) would have been slightly irritating.
Nevertheless, the exhibition offered an interesting glimpse into how mobile photography is changing the way we see and capture our surroundings.
But why not take a look for yourself? Here’s our snapshots of what EyeEm claims to be “the biggest mobile photography exhibition ever”.