Research Project Title

Why the Proliferation of Amateur Photography is Good for Self-Representation

Session Type

Traditional Paper Presentation

Research Project Abstract

This paper examines how mobile technologies are impacting the practice of photography. Social media sites such as Instagram and Facebook have become normal platforms for editing and sharing pictures, and camera-equipped cell phones have changed the experience of taking photos, creating access to an unprecedented number of photographers. While some professional and amateur photographers disparage these media for devaluing photos, anthropologists see it as a tool for self-expression. The author will focus on amateur photography as self-ethnography, especially in marginalized populations, to demonstrate the value of this proliferation.

Session Number

RS5

Location

Weyerhaeuser 203

Abstract Number

RS5-b

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Apr 28th, 11:00 AM Apr 28th, 12:30 PM

Why the Proliferation of Amateur Photography is Good for Self-Representation

Weyerhaeuser 203

This paper examines how mobile technologies are impacting the practice of photography. Social media sites such as Instagram and Facebook have become normal platforms for editing and sharing pictures, and camera-equipped cell phones have changed the experience of taking photos, creating access to an unprecedented number of photographers. While some professional and amateur photographers disparage these media for devaluing photos, anthropologists see it as a tool for self-expression. The author will focus on amateur photography as self-ethnography, especially in marginalized populations, to demonstrate the value of this proliferation.