I’m not sure what to make of this street photography contest called “HYPE“, judged by Magnum president Stuart Franklin. Looks like a way for HP to harvest qualified leads, while carroting “the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Recontres d’Arles photography festival in July 2007.”
A spray-painted fence, a wall flaky with peeling stucco, a paper bag in the wind, a broken sign: strange, moving, disturbing, witty, banal, or anywhere in between.
If they’re looking for a “significant archive of street photography online” in the UK, there’s already in-public. Alas, quantity trumps quality yet again. Is that the curse of user-generated content? Warning: Hype’s navigation is experimental.
Article/pressrelease about the contest here.