From Snapshots to Social Media describes the history and future of domestic photography as mediated by technological change. Domestic photography refers to the culture of ordinary people capturing, sharing and using photographs, and is in a particular state of flux today as photos go digital. The book argues that this digital era is the third major chapter in the 170 year history of the area; following the portrait and Kodak eras of the past.
History shows that despite huge changes in photographic technology and the way it has been sold, people continue to use photographs to improve memory, support communication and reinforce identity. The future will involve a shift in the balance of these core activities and a replacement of the family album with various multimedia archives for individuals, families and communities. This raises a number of issues that should be taken into account when designing new technologies and business services in this area, including: the ownership and privacy of content, multimedia standards, home ICT infrastructure, and younger and older users of images.
The book is a must for designers and engineers of imaging technology and social media who want a better understanding of the history of domestic photography in order to shape its future. It will also be of value to students and researchers in science and technology studies and visual culture, as a fascinating case study of the evolving use of photographs and photographic technology in Western society.
Publisher: Springer London Ltd
Number of pages: 201
Weight: 491 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 15 mm
From the reviews:
"This volume approaches domestic photography ... from a human-computer interaction perspective, linking technology development with the business models that make this technology viable for the amateur mass market. ... The application of technology management principles to domestic photography provides insights into the evolution of the role photography plays in everyday culture. ... Written in clear, expository textbook style, this work expands significantly the bibliography on the history of photography into international technology and communications literature. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and above." (M. Nilsen, Choice, Vol. 49 (1), September, 2011)
"I found this book a delight to read, as a well-researched collection that takes the reader through domestic photography and technology ... . Each chapter is self-contained and well researched, and provides comprehensive references. ... If you are a visual artist or studio photographer, if you work in digital media or the Web ... you will find this book engaging and helpful. Likewise, if you are engaged in research, you will find this book to be a gem." (Alyx Macfadyen, ACM Computing Reviews, July, 2011)
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