Digital Photography and Everyday Life: Empirical studies on material visual practices explores the role that digital photography plays within everyday life.
With contributors from ten different countries and backgrounds in a range of academic disciplines - including anthropology, media studies and visual culture - this collection takes a uniquely broad perspective on photography by situating the image-making process in wider discussions on the materiality and visuality of photographic practices and explores these through empirical case studies.
By focusing on material visual practices, the book presents a comprehensive overview of some of the main challenges digital photography is bringing to everyday life. It explores how the digitization of photography has a wide-reaching impact on the use of the medium, as well as on the kinds of images that can be produced and the ways in which camera technology is developed. The exploration goes beyond mere images to think about cameras, mediations and technologies as key elements in the development of visual digital cultures.
Digital Photography and Everyday Life will be of great interest to students and scholars of Photography, Contemporary Art, Visual Culture and Media Studies, as well as those studying Communication, Cultural Anthropology, and Science and Technology Studies.
Edgar Gomez Cruz is a Vice-Chancellor Research Fellow at RMIT, Melbourne. He has published widely on a number of topics relating to digital culture, ethnography, and photography. His recent publications include the book From Kodak Culture to Networked Image: An Ethnography of Digital Photography Practices (2012). Current research investigates screen cultures and creative practices, which is funded through RCUK and Vice Chancellor research grants. Asko Lehmuskallio is Chair of the ECREA TWG Visual Culture and founding member of the Nordic Network for Digital Visuality. As researcher at Universities of Tampere and Siegen, he specialises in visual culture, mediated human action and networked cameras. Recent books include Pictorial Practices in a "Cam Era": Studying non-professional camera use (2012) and #snapshot: Cameras amongst us (co-ed, 2014).
Foreword Richard Chalfen Why Material Visual Practices? Asko Lehmuskallio and Edgar Gomez Cruz Part I: VARIANCE IN USE IN EVERYDAY PHOTOGRAPHY 1."I'm a picture girl!" Mobile photography in Tanzania Paula Uimonen 2."Today I dressed like this": selling clothes and playing for celebrity. Self-representation and consumption on Facebook Sara Pargana Mota 3. Amplification and Heterogeneity: Seniors and Digital Photographic Practices Maria Schreiber 4. Illness, death and grief: the daily experience of viewing and sharing digital images Montse Morcate and Rebeca Pardo 5. The Boston Marathon bombing investigation as an example of networked journalism and power of big data analytics Anssi Mannistoe 6. Variance in Everyday Photography Karin Becker Part II: CAMERAS, CONNECTIVITY AND TRANSFORMED LOCALITIES 7. Photographs of Place in Phonespace. Camera Phones as a Location-Aware Mobile Technology Mikko Villi 8. (Digital) Photography, Experience and Space in Transnational Families. A Case Study of Spanish-Irish Families living in Ireland Patricia Prieto Blanco 9. Visual politics and material semiotics: The digital camera's translation of political protest Rune Saugmann Andersen 10. Linked Photography: A praxeological analysis of augemented reality navigation in the early twentieth century Tristan Thielmann 11. Photographic Places and Digital Wayfaring: conceptualizing relationships between cameras, connectivities and transformed localities Sarah Pink Part III: CAMERA AS THE EXTENSION OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER 12. Exploring everyday photographic routines through the habit of Noticing Eve Forrest 13. "Analogization": reflections on life-logging cameras, action cams and images' changing meaning in a digital landscape Paolo Favero 14. Photo-genic assemblages: Photography as a connective interface Edgar Gomez Cruz 15. The camera as a sensor among many: The visualization of everyday digital photography as simulative, heuristic and layered pictures Asko Lehmuskallio 16. Is the camera an extension of the Photographer? Martin Lister Outlook: Photographic Wayfaring, Now and to Come Nancy Van House