Photography as new media: From the camera obscura to the camera phone

Vickers, Richard (2006) Photography as new media: From the camera obscura to the camera phone. In: 4th International Symposium of Interactive Media Design, April 2006, Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Abstract

William J Mitchell stated that on its 150th anniversary in 1989 photography was dead, at least as it had been known, and that the digital era signaled a new paradigm shift for photography at large. In an unprecedented way 16 years later, the web and camera phones are redefining photography
once more, signaling another paradigm shift. The photographic image is no longer a printed image, it is much more likely to be seen on a screen than on paper. Images can be easily shared and disseminated via the web, which has superseded the traditional modes of presentation and publication.
Photography has never been so instantaneous or so disposable, one click to capture and another to delete. Photography (still & moving) has simultaneously shaped and recorded history, what then will be the impact of the disposability of the image in the digital age and the ephemeral nature of ‘born-digital’ materials and the web at large remains to be seen. With the exponential technological change that has occurred over the last decade, photography’s artistic and social utilisation requires that the medium and the concept be reconsidered, yet again. The web has created new opportunities for the dissemination and exhibition of photographic work and the camera phone is only just beginning to have an impact. We are beginning to see their artistic and social utilization increase and act as a nucleus for new forms of social and cultural practice and the beginning of a new era of artistic exploration.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:William J Mitchell stated that on its 150th anniversary in 1989 photography was dead, at least as it had been known, and that the digital era signaled a new paradigm shift for photography at large. In an unprecedented way 16 years later, the web and camera phones are redefining photography once more, signaling another paradigm shift. The photographic image is no longer a printed image, it is much more likely to be seen on a screen than on paper. Images can be easily shared and disseminated via the web, which has superseded the traditional modes of presentation and publication. Photography has never been so instantaneous or so disposable, one click to capture and another to delete. Photography (still & moving) has simultaneously shaped and recorded history, what then will be the impact of the disposability of the image in the digital age and the ephemeral nature of ‘born-digital’ materials and the web at large remains to be seen. With the exponential technological change that has occurred over the last decade, photography’s artistic and social utilisation requires that the medium and the concept be reconsidered, yet again. The web has created new opportunities for the dissemination and exhibition of photographic work and the camera phone is only just beginning to have an impact. We are beginning to see their artistic and social utilization increase and act as a nucleus for new forms of social and cultural practice and the beginning of a new era of artistic exploration.
Keywords:camera phone, new media, photography
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W640 Photography
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P310 Media Production
W Creative Arts and Design > W280 Interactive and Electronic Design
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Media
ID Code:5062
Deposited By: Richard Vickers
Deposited On:17 Apr 2012 16:39
Last Modified:17 Apr 2012 16:39

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