1st Edition

Digital Photography and Everyday Life Empirical Studies on Material Visual Practices

Edited By Edgar Gómez Cruz, Asko Lehmuskallio Copyright 2016
    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    320 Pages
    by Routledge

    Digital Photography and Everyday Life: Empirical studies on material visual practices explores the role that digital photography plays within everyday life.

    With contributors from ten different countries and backgrounds in a range of academic disciplines - including anthropology, media studies and visual culture - this collection takes a uniquely broad perspective on photography by situating the image-making process in wider discussions on the materiality and visuality of photographic practices and explores these through empirical case studies.

    By focusing on material visual practices, the book presents a comprehensive overview of some of the main challenges digital photography is bringing to everyday life. It explores how the digitization of photography has a wide-reaching impact on the use of the medium, as well as on the kinds of images that can be produced and the ways in which camera technology is developed. The exploration goes beyond mere images to think about cameras, mediations and technologies as key elements in the development of visual digital cultures.

    Digital Photography and Everyday Life will be of great interest to students and scholars of Photography, Contemporary Art, Visual Culture and Media Studies, as well as those studying Communication, Cultural Anthropology, and Science and Technology Studies.


    Richard Chalfen

    Why Material Visual Practices?

    Asko Lehmuskallio and Edgar Gómez Cruz


    1."I’m a picture girl!" Mobile photography in Tanzania

    Paula Uimonen

    2."Today I dressed like this": selling clothes and playing for celebrity. Self-representation and consumption on Facebook

    Sara Pargana Mota

    3. Amplification and Heterogeneity: Seniors and Digital Photographic Practices

    Maria Schreiber

    4. Illness, death and grief: the daily experience of viewing and sharing digital images

    Montse Morcate and Rebeca Pardo

    5. The Boston Marathon bombing investigation as an example of networked journalism and power of big data analytics

    Anssi Männistö

    6. Variance in Everyday Photography

    Karin Becker


    7. Photographs of Place in Phonespace. Camera Phones as a Location-Aware Mobile Technology

    Mikko Villi

    8. (Digital) Photography, Experience and Space in Transnational Families. A Case Study of Spanish-Irish Families living in Ireland

    Patricia Prieto Blanco

    9. Visual politics and material semiotics: The digital camera’s translation of political protest

    Rune Saugmann Andersen

    10. Linked Photography: A praxeological analysis of augemented reality navigation in the early twentieth century

    Tristan Thielmann

    11. Photographic Places and Digital Wayfaring: conceptualizing relationships between cameras, connectivities and transformed localities

    Sarah Pink


    12. Exploring everyday photographic routines through the habit of Noticing

    Eve Forrest

    13. "Analogization": reflections on life-logging cameras, action cams and images’ changing meaning in a digital landscape

    Paolo Favero

    14. Photo-genic assemblages: Photography as a connective interface

    Edgar Gómez Cruz

    15. The camera as a sensor among many: The visualization of everyday digital photography as simulative, heuristic and layered pictures

    Asko Lehmuskallio

    16. Is the camera an extension of the Photographer?

    Martin Lister  

    Outlook: Photographic Wayfaring, Now and to Come

    Nancy Van House


    Edgar Gómez Cruz is a Vice-Chancellor Research Fellow at RMIT, Melbourne. He has published widely on a number of topics relating to digital culture, ethnography, and photography. His recent publications include the book From Kodak Culture to Networked Image: An Ethnography of Digital Photography Practices (2012). Current research investigates screen cultures and creative practices, which is funded through RCUK and Vice Chancellor research grants. 

    Asko Lehmuskallio is Chair of the ECREA TWG Visual Culture and founding member of the Nordic Network for Digital Visuality. As researcher at Universities of Tampere and Siegen, he specialises in visual culture, mediated human action and networked cameras. Recent books include Pictorial Practices in a "Cam Era": Studying non-professional camera use (2012) and #snapshot: Cameras amongst us (co-ed, 2014).

    "This is an outstanding collection of essays which invites a radical rethinking of photography. Each chapter dismantles conventional understandings of photography by examining in detail a specific assemblage of social practice, camera technology and light-generated image. What photography is, what it does and what it might do is thus rendered radically open, and photography is once more made as remarkable, emergent and diverse as it was a century and a half ago. Essential reading for anyone interested in photography and visual culture."

    Gillian Rose, Professor of Cultural Geography, The Open University, and Author of Visual Methodologies

    "This exciting and multifaceted book casts new light on the practice of photography. Highlighting the various processes of communication, networking and human-nonhuman relationality in different parts of the world, it shows the photographic medium as literally teeming with life. This is a must-read not just for scholars and students of photography but for anyone who reads the news, uses social media, moves from place to place or owns a camera phone!"

    Joanna Zylinska, Professor of New Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London, and Curator of Photomediations Machine