After Photography

After Photography

by Fred Ritchin
     
 

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After Photography examines the myriad ways in which the digital media has fundamentally altered the way we receive visual information, from photos of news events taken by ordinary people on cell phones to the widespread use of image surveillance. Simultaneously, the increased manipulation of photographs has made photography suspect as reliable documentation, raising… See more details below

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After Photography examines the myriad ways in which the digital media has fundamentally altered the way we receive visual information, from photos of news events taken by ordinary people on cell phones to the widespread use of image surveillance. Simultaneously, the increased manipulation of photographs has made photography suspect as reliable documentation, raising questions about its role in recounting personal and public histories. In the tradition of John Berger and Susan Sontag, Fred Ritchin analyzes photography's failings and reveals untapped potentials for this evolving medium.

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Publishers Weekly

Ritchen (In Our Own Image) offers a supple, politically astute and fascinating account of the dizzying impact of the digital revolution on the trajectory of the photographic image that, like all new media, changes the world in the very act of observing it. The myth of photographic objectivity has concealed fakery as old as the medium itself, he notes, but in the digital era, concealment and manipulation come to shape the very experience of the image as sui generis: "The lens has dimmed and a distorting mirror has been added." All is not lost for photography as a truth-telling medium, however: the author suggests methods for verifying the authenticity and provenance of images through footnoting and labeling. Moreover, Ritchen stresses how digital media, linked through the Web, offer an appropriative and hypertextual approach to photography that promises to reinvent the embattled authorial image into an evolving collaboration, conversation and investigation among an infinite number of ordinary people. Cautiously optimistic, the author poses provocative questions throughout, including whether digital technology and Web 2.0 together provide a means for regaining a sense of the "actual" from deep within a "virtual" world. (Dec.)

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ISBN-13:
9780393050240
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/29/2008
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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