Topic 1.5 – Photography

Has the process of becoming ubiquitous (ie almost everywhere) made photography in the digital age less important or more important?  How has this change occurred?

It has made photography different… it is now a form of communication, it is now disposable, and everything in the public realm has the potential to become forever public.

When a photograph obviously becomes digital information, does that change what photography means, or does lowering the barriers to participation mean most users have a better understanding of what makes a (good) photograph?

it gives more access to more people to explore photography. photography will always be a skillset, with learning apperture and exposure andhow to apply that creatively etc. it can be learned and the rules of what makes good photography is no different now it’s been digitised. eg rules of thirds etc.

In the era of Photoshop and filters (such as those in Instagram), how do we decide which photographs to ‘trust’?

Veracity is a big issue and it’s getting harder and harder to trust any image.


Core Reading

TimsTechBlog. (2010). Instagram for iPhone: Get It!. Retrieved from

Sturken, M., & Cartwright, L. (2009). Visual Techologies, Image Reproduction, and the Copy. In Practices of looking : an introduction to visual culture (2nd ed., pp. 183-222). New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press. [eReserve]

Burgess, Jean E. (2009) Remediating vernacular creativity : photography and cultural citizenship in the Flickr photosharing network. In: Edensor, Tim and Leslie, Deborah and Millington, Steve and Rantisi, Norma (Eds.) Spaces of Vernacular Creativity : Rethinking the Cultural Economy. Routledge Studies in Human Geography . Routledge, London ; New York, pp. 116-126. [eReserve]

Cobley, P., & Haeffner, N. (2009). Digital cameras and domestic photography: communication, agency and structure. Visual Communication, 8(2), 123 -146. doi:10.1177/1470357209102110 [via Library Catalogue]

Deeper Reading

Cox, A. M. (2008). Flickr: a case study of Web2.0. Aslib Proceedings, 60(5), 493-516. doi:10.1108/00012530810908210 [via Library Catalogue]

van Dijck, J. (2008). Digital photography: communication, identity, memory. Visual Communication, 7(1), 57 -76. doi:10.1177/1470357207084865 [via Library Catalogue]

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