The rising tide of photographs: Not drowning but waving?

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This article explores responses to photography's twenty-first century massification, as a key aspect of the 'condition' that curator Joan Fontcuberta (2015) has coined as 'post-photographic'. Through an assessment of a variety of current forms - popular press opinion, leading-edge arts practice and large-scale community projects - it offers a brief snapshot of the hopes and fears attached to photography en masse. By contextualising these responses within recent scholarly literature and also within historic instances of massification, this piece assesses and challenges the technologically determinist claims made for mass photography's novelty. Finally, it offers some methodological reflections and suggestions for ways to understand mass photographic practice, old and new. The article appears as part of the inaugural issue of a new bilingual interdisciplinary journal, Captures, on the subject of Post-Photography, edited by Canadian art historians Vincent Lavoie and Martha Langford.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCaptures: figures, theories et pratiques de l'imaginaire
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2016

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This is an author-produced PDF of an article published as an open-access online peer reviewed journal article for Captures interdisciplinary journal. The article was published on 12 May 2016 and can be accessed in its final formatted and illustrated version here:


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