To work with photography today entails to engage with social networking, augmented reality, new visualization technologies, etc. We are asked to integrate our knowledge about images with that of digital technologies. This panel explores the theoretical and methodological implications of this change.
Recent developments in the field of digital technologies have redefined the horizons of photography. Through its entanglements with new digital technologies, photography is today increasingly merging with social networking; with applications for augmented reality, geolocative and geosocial media; with new visualization technologies allowing us to see the previously unseen. To study (and to conduct research with) photography requires therefore today an increasing capacity to integrate the conventional knowledge offered by visual anthropology and visual culture with insights gathered from the study of digital culture and technologies. It symbolically entails a move beyond the frame and the field of vision. This panel aims to explore this changing scenario from a twofold perspective. On one level it will explore the theoretical implications of this shift from within a variety of different empirical fields. On the other it aims at addressing the methodological possibilities for gathering as well as for visualizing data that have been made available to us through these technological innovations.