The press photograph is a message (2013)

If storytelling permits a different kind of truth, it also necessitates a particular worldview, one in which action is tempered by reflection. Indeed, by its very nature, storytelling implies that things are never resolved once and for all. /// Claire Gilman and Margaret Sundell (eds.), The Storyteller, JRP Ringier, Zurich and ICI, New York, 2010

The press photograph is a message was an event curated by Katy Fitzpatrick as part of the education programme at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin. The workshop drew on a volume of newspapers, collected between London and Dublin over a period of three months and spanning a range of titles and styles of reportage.

CATALOG invited participants to reconfigure these newspapers into new collaged narratives, accumulated over the day. A selection of key stories were identified and annotated by CATALOG throughout the process. The press photograph is a message highlighted the shifting nature of events and stories as told within the media, and their evolution over time. In direct and indirect ways, the papers themselves mirrored the themes proposed within the concurrent exhibition at IMMA I knOw yoU 19 April – 1 September 2013.

IMAGES FROM TOP: The dot matrix of an inkjet print (magnification x60 approx.), illustrated in ‘An investigation into the archival properties of colour photocopies and inkjet prints’, Victoria & Albert Museum, Conservation Journal, Issue 30, January 1999 /// The press photograph is a message, details, IMMA, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin, 31 August 2013 /// 16th century Printing Press, engraving from 1908