Post-human Viewing: a discussion of ethics in mobile phone imagery

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Abstract

This article discusses the relationship between theories of photography and mobile phone footage. In doing so, it asks if theories of photography still apply in a technologically saturated world of imagery. Technology is an increasingly important part of viewing imagery today and enables imagery to become part of a global cultural flow, thus calling into question the physical connection between viewer and image. This article analyses what happens to that connection when not only the image but also the physical body is mediated and challenged in post-human relations, and examines the ensuing ethical implications. The author takes photojournalism and, in particular, mobile phone footage as a starting point for an exploration of the (post-human) body as evidence and sign of authenticity in the modern age of digital communications and journalism.
Original languageEnglish
JournalVisual Communication
Volume12
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)359-374
Number of pages15
ISSN1470-3572
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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