P02
Museums and Visitor Photography

Convenors:
Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert (Cyprus University of Technology)
Location:
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Start time:
29 May, 2014 at 11:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

The proposed panel consists of papers that investigate visitor photography in museums. More specifically it examines how visitors with cameras behave inside museums, the kinds of photographs they produce, as well as the way they use and share the photographs outside the museum space.

Long abstract:

With the development of photographic technologies and mobile devices billions of photographs are produced yearly in museums throughout the world with the number rising year by year. While museum visitors accumulate personal photographs from museum visits, the kind of photographs they produce, how, and for what reasons, is largely understudied. Furthermore, with the help of online social networks and photo-sharing applications, vernacular photography has entered our economy of images dynamically and has a growing function to play in visually defining people and places. Since visitor photography can transfer the museum experience outside a museum's walls, it seems necessary to understand how it is used, shared, distributed or exhibited after a museum visit and even years later. The proposed panel consists of papers that investigate visitor photography in museums. More specifically it examines how visitors with cameras behave inside museums, the kinds of photographs they produce, as well as the way they use and share the photographs outside the museum space. The panel aims at addressing some of the following key themes: • museum visitor photography, experience and memory • visitor photography and meaning • visitor photography, performance and identity • behaviour of visitors with cameras • photography and sociability inside museums • connecting with museum artefacts through photography • photographic reproductions of museum artefacts by museum visitors and uses • visitor photography and uses outside the museum space • online photo-sharing applications and museum visitor photography