With millions of images of works of art readily available to us in print and online, we are now able to view old masters or contemporary video art immediately and anywhere.
Yet visitor numbers to galleries and museums have increased over the past decade - it seems that people want to see the “real” object. With photography, however, the boundary is even more blurred. Is a print in a book or magazine the same as a print in a gallery?
Japanese artist Daido Moriyama chose to showcase his work in issues of Provoke magazine. The exhibition of his work currently showing at Tate Modern looks at the distribution of photography itself, exploring the central role of the photo-book in avant-garde photography.
So, what is the difference between viewing photography in the gallery and in print publications for you?
And has the sea of digital images available online changed how we contemplate art?
Tate Debate sponsored by Vodafone