Rethinking the Social Photograph in the age of digital interconnectivity
How can social – digital – photography be understood both in relation to contemporary culture and in relation to historical periods? With inspiration from image studies and media studies this presentation focuses historical continuities and discontinuities in relation to photography as a technique, medium, and cultural practices and the implications these might have for memory institutions who seek to collect social digital photography.
Anna Dahlgren is professor of Art History at Stockholm University. She has published on different aspects of photography, including the digital turn, fashion and advertising photography, Nineteenth century print culture and albums, archives and museum practices. She is currently running the project Metadata Culture (Swedish Research Council, 2019-2023), focusing different aspects of cultural heritage institutions image collections online and is editor of a new standard work on the history of photography in Sweden. During 2019-2021 she is coordinator for the Swedish Research Council’s funding programme DIGARV. Recent publications include Fashioned in the North. Nordic histories, agents and images of fashion photography (ed., Nordic Academic Press, 2020), Travelling Images. Looking Across the Borderlands of Art, Media and Visual Culture (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2018), and Representational Machines. Photography and the Production of Space (2013, co-edited).
Photo: Patrick Miller.