Photography, walking and social networking: reflecting on critical
photographic practice.

Plouviez, Arabella and Mckay, Carol (2011) Photography, walking and social networking: reflecting on critical
photographic practice. In: The Versatile Image, Photography in the Age of Web 2.0, 24th - 26th Jun 2011, University of Sunderland & Newcastle University. (Unpublished)

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The so-called ‘digital revolution’ poses immense challenges as well as new opportunities for photographers. The plethora of developments affecting vernacular photography, as well as the digitally-driven resurgence of particular forms of the practice (street photography) are frequently referenced. Together they suggest a surfeit of new contexts for making and sharing photographic work, mapping across the new terrain of ‘photography 2.0’. The cultures of such photographic production and consumption are often characterized by instantaneousness, flexibility, mobility and rapid exchange: the photographic image, it seems, can be ubiquitously pliable.
But what are the implications of this rapidly developing terrain for those ‘critically-engaged’ photography practices normally associated with fine art and documentary trends? By way of specific case studies, this paper will consider some emergent models of practice that seek to utilize photography 2.0 critically, so as to slow-down the rate of photographic production and open up new spaces for critical reflection and discussion. Specifically, walking (plain old pedestrianism) and talking (conversation) are explored as models for photographic interaction, which, it is suggested, might sit alongside and creatively enhance the virtual networking opportunities of photography 2.0.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Fine Art > Art History
Fine Art > New Media
Photography > Photography
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries
Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries > School of Art and Design
Depositing User: Arabella Plouviez
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2012 16:03
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2019 15:34

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