As film and other traditional methods of photography continue to decline in use and availability, we are confronted by a proliferation of digital technology for the production and dissemination of images. Walter Benjamin famously observed that the photographic medium, with its potential for faithful reproduction by mechanical means, is a medium uniquely suited to the purposes of public exhibition compared to other visual art forms such as paintings that exist as singular cult objects.
The American economy was once based upon the manufacture and export of well-crafted goods. Increased economic challenges have caused a shift from domestic manufacturing to a service and information-based economy. As a result of consumer desire for low-cost goods and consequential pressure for less expensive labor, Americans’ homes are now filled with imported goods. This was not the case in the recent past.