Alec Soth & Martin Parr in conversation

I don't like photography

Modern fine art is a democratic milieu, offering a space and a semi-mystical aura
to  any  loosely-defined  perception  presented  by  anyone  anywhere  who  is
interested  in  that place and  that aura. And what medium  to better occupy  that
space  than photography,  the most democratic and ubiquitous visual medium  in
the world, perhaps ever?  Indeed, photographic prints, matted and  framed, are
quickly becoming a dominant sector of the art market, in both volume and gross
sales, while  on  the  Internet,  every  photographer  has  a  direct  and  immediate
international platform to display his or her creations. And yet why is it that such
an egalitarian medium, and such an open discourse and market for fine art, have
come  together  in such a way  that  fine art photography  is so  frequently dull and
distasteful, so paralyzed by moribund subjects and forms?