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Category Archives: Philosophies

What Matters Now? Proposals for a New Front Page

Please come to What Matters Now? Proposals for a New Front Page to submit work and discuss ideas for a new front page–a way for us to focus as a society, to use each other’s insights, to decide which issues we should be doing something about. The project begins now online, and next week at [...]

“Photo Editing,” according to NY Times

Today’s New York Times features an article headlined “Photo Editing Online, Easy as Pie.” What do they mean by photo editing? The first two paragraphs let us know:
When Alexey Ivanov and his future wife, Marina Kiseleva, were dating, she gave him a memorable gift: a photograph of himself that looked as if it were hanging [...]

Which Images Should We Be Looking At?


With all of the protests in the Middle East, we are now being offered a large number of images that we can select from to try and understand what is going on. But few, if any, become emblematic. While there is something to be said for quantity, does it really help us to comprehend, or [...]

In Solidarity with Jonathan Worth

From Mr. Worth, in England:
“So this week’s phonar class session had over 700 people “drop by” and reached over 42,000 people via Twitter ,  I’ve asked a few people for nominations of a book that “is notable/ inspiring/ seminal/ provocative,  in it’s narrative structure/approach or perhaps in it’s ‘discussion’ of narrative”.
“Would you possibly mind nominating [...]

The Digital Imaging Revolution, Past and Future

Twenty years ago I wrote the first book on the forthcoming digital imaging revolution and its eventual impact on photography. Aperture, which published In Our Own Image, is now re-issuing it in a new twentieth-anniversary edition, and to mark the occasion there will be a discussion between journalist Brian Palmer and myself. We will focus [...]

Redefining “Self”

I have just come back from a fruitful, engaging, and most of all warm and generous weekend sponsored by the organization Images and Voices of Hope. From my stay at the Peace Village in upstate New York, hosted by the Brahma Kumaris, a spiritual group who are themselves based in India, I retain memories of [...]

You Are Not A Gadget

Jaron Lanier’s recent book, You Are Not A Gadget, begins with a call to arms that is well worth reading. Lanier, both musician and virtual reality pioneer, indicts the soft thinking that has allowed us to conceive of Web 2.0 as a utopian movement when it is, in so many ways, making us more machine-like [...]

Towards a New Journalism

Following up on an earlier post arguing that photojournalism can now be considered to have belonged to the twentieth century (see also the succeeding posts below on the end of the Gamma photo agency and the New York Times article on photojournalism’s demise), there have been a number of inquiries as to what a new [...]

Is Digital Photography Ahistorical?

I’ve been having this conversation recently with a number of people: Whereas film photography was about time (not only the instant in which the shutter is opened but the time to process the image both physically and psychologically), digital photography is so instantaneous, abundant and virtual that it seems to reside outside of the passing [...]