We are the camera: On the making and reading of photographic images

Susanne Ramsenthaler

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Abstract / Description of output

This paper traces a historical thread of the Black Box Syndrome, which separates the Observer from the Observed in terms of photographic image production and experienced a few crucial reincarnations before its role in today’s still and moving imagery. The second part demonstrates the extent to which we have assimilated ‘camera vision’, by automatically translating its conventions into actions or phenomena which our eyes are unable to see. In a world increasingly dominated by image consumption, it appears that we have indeed become the camera.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-17
JournalInternational Journal of Visual Design
Issue number1
Early online date27 Jan 2016
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2016

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • photography
  • film
  • perception
  • history


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