It may be several decades late, but at least one member of Parliament seems to care:. Refresh and try again. Started off strong, then got a little too prophetic. Open Preview See a Problem?
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Dec 21, Fred Zimny rated it really liked it Synopsis "After Photography" examines the myriad ways in which the digital revolution has fundamentally altered the way we receive visual information, from photographs of news events taken by ordinary people on mobile phones to the widespread use of image surveillance. In a world beset by critical problems and ambiguous boundaries, Fred Ritchin argues that it is time to explore the possibilities created by digital innovations and to use them to understand our rapidly changing world.
Ritchin Synopsis "After Photography" examines the myriad ways in which the digital revolution has fundamentally altered the way we receive visual information, from photographs of news events taken by ordinary people on mobile phones to the widespread use of image surveillance. Ritchin investigates the future of visual media as the digital revolution transforms images into a hypertextual medium, fundamentally changing the way we conceptualise the world.
Simultaneously, the increased manipulation of photographs makes photography suspect as reliable documentation. Ma cosa succede dopo la fotografia? Cosa implica lo scatto politico, la foto messa in scena o quella ritoccata, nella nostra mente? O la percezione che noi abbiamo delle cose? The most important book it seems nobody in a position to benefit from its ideas has read.
The next time a boardroom member tells someone to "pivot to video," I hope they beat him about the face with this book until he blacks out. For a book already a decade old writing about a culture that evolves so quickly, obsolescence is guaranteed for anything more than a month old, this is still a startlingly fresh book with extremely valid viewpoints and ideas.
Teach this in colleges. It turned out to be a lively, provocative look at both what photography is and what it may become in the future. That said, it seems more like a series of related essays than a singular coherent vision of the future of the still image. Fortunately, this makes it more appealing; instead of making predictions about the future development of photography, a I stumbled across this book in the bookstore, and knew just by briefly flipping through it that it would be worth buying.
Fortunately, this makes it more appealing; instead of making predictions about the future development of photography, a variety of possibilities are presented. The thing I enjoyed most was that each of these possibilities is presented both with a hopeful exuberance for what it has to offer as well as an almost-cynical overview of its pitfalls.
The works used as examples of the various principles discussed were both new to me and interesting in their own right; it could almost serve simply as an enjoyable photo book.