The Easel

28th March 2023

“Chronorama”: Photography as a work of art

The collections of famous individuals, when put on exhibition, sometimes feel ambiguous. Are they an expression of curatorial ideas or a flaunting of wealth? The Pinault collection exhibition in Venice is a “banquet” of famous images, many drawn from the storied archive of Condé Nast. The nagging question is whether the show has a unifying theme. Perhaps it is simply a reminder of the glamour that photography had before the age of social media.