The Photographic Image in Digital Culture

2nd Edition

Edited by Martin Lister

© 2013 – Routledge

222 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This new edition of The Photographic Image in Digital Culture explores the condition of photography after some 20 years of remediation and transformation by digital technology.

Through ten especially commissioned essays, by some of the leading scholars in the field of contemporary photography studies, a range of key topics are discussed including: the meaning of software in the production of photograph; the nature of networked photographs; the screen as the site of photographic display; the simulation of photography in the videogame; photography, ubiquitous computing and technologies of ambient intelligence; developments in vernacular photography and social media; the photograph and the digital archive; the curation and exhibition of the networked photograph; the dominance of the image bank in commercial and advertising photography; the complexities of citizen photojournalism.

A recurring theme addressed throughout is the nature of ‘photography after photography’ and the paradoxical nature of the medium in the 21st century; a time when the traditional technology of photography has become defunct while there is more ‘photography’ than ever.

This is an ideal book for students studying photography and digital media.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Photography that is everywhere and nowhere Martin Lister 2. The Digital Image in Photographic Culture: Algorithmic photography and the crisis of representation Daniel Rubinstein and Katrina Sluis 3. Curating the Photographic Image in Networked Culture Andrew Dewdney 4. The Digital Condition David Bate 5. The Photographic Image in Digital Archives Nina Lager Vestberg 6. Ambient Intelligent Photography Sarah Kember 7. The Rhetoric of the JPEG Daniel Palmer 8. Drawing without Light Seth Giddings 9. New Media and Vernacular Photography: Revisiting Flickr Susan Murray 10. Beyond the Image Bank: Digital Commercial Photography Paul Frosh 11. Blurring Boundaries: professional and citizen photojournalism in a digital age Stuart Allan

About the Editor

Martin Lister is Professor Emeritus in Visual Culture at the University of the West of England, Bristol. His recent publications include the co-authored 2nd Edition of New Media: A Critical Introduction (Routledge, 2009), ‘The Times of Photography’ in Time, Media and Modernity (Palgrave, 2012) and ‘Overlooking, rarely looking, and not looking’ in Digital Snaps: The New Face of Photography (I.B. Tauris, 2013). He is an editor of the journal Photographies published by Routledge.

About the Series


The Comedia series features new theoretical and empirical work exploring the dynamics of the arts and culture industries, and addressing critical issues in the field of contemporary popular culture: issues of production, design, marketing, and consumption. While the principle focus is contemporary, the series also offers historical, educational, and policy-oriented perspectives across a broad range of media and cultural forms, from the news media to the visual arts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Popular Culture
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies