My article "Rules of the Photographers' Universe" in Photoresearcher

I'm very excited to share the news: my article, "Rules of the Photographers' Universe," is 'hot off the press' in the No. 27 (April 2017) issue of Photoresearcher journal, special edition "Playing the Photograph."

 Alise Tifentale with the  April 2017 issue of Photoresearcher    which features article " Rules of the Photographers' Universe ." Photo: Hon Sun Lam.

Alise Tifentale with the April 2017 issue of Photoresearcher which features article "Rules of the Photographers' Universe." Photo: Hon Sun Lam.

Photoresarcher is a prestigious photography journal, published by the European Society for the History of Photography (Europäische Gesellschaft für die Geschichte der Photographie). The editors of Photoresearcher are Ulla Fischer-Westhauser and Uwe Schögl. Guest editors for this special edition, "Playing the Photograph," were Matthias Gründig and Steffen Siegel.

In the No. 27 (April 2017) issue of Photoresearcher, my article "Rules of the Photographers' Universe" appears among articles by scholars and photography historians such as Matthias Gründig, Steffen Siegel, Sabine T. Kriebel, Andrés Mario Zervigón, Susan Laxton, Lev Manovich, and Markus Rautzenberg.

This is a link to the abstract and illustrations of my article, "Rules of the Photographers' Universe."

In this article, I introduce the concepts of competitive photography and the photographers’ universe which I have developed while researching the work of a global organization of photographers—the International Federation of Photographic Art (Fédération internationale de l'art photographique, FIAP) between 1950 and 1965. In addition, I introduce the concept of the networked camera which characterizes contemporary social media photography and emphasizes its differences from earlier modes of making, sharing, and viewing photographs. I formulated this concept while studying large datasets of photographs shared on Instagram (a popular online image-sharing platform whose major content is user-generated photographs) in research projects such as Selfiecity (2014), Selfiecity London (2015), and The Exceptional and The Everyday: 144 Hours in Kyiv (2014).

All three concepts—competitive photography, photographers’ universe, and networked camera—can help to explore the underlying function of photography as a creative medium. They also add a historical perspective to the current debates about social media photography by offering ways of connecting today’s culture with pre-internet and pre-digital photography.

This is a direct link to the web site of No. 27 (April 2017) issue of Photoresearcher.