Text "Internet Photography". 2016 - 2019
Photography of the Internet extends to unprecedented social fields. It challenges the conventions of photography for inquiring into the cultural, economic, legal, and ethical structures of photos circulating within the Internet.

Capturing the Internet photographically means positioning the camera inside the databases, the algorithms, the screens, the feeds, and the networks. Addressing photography of the Internet means questioning the languages, cultures, and semiotics of online photos. Working with the Internet’s photos means engaging with the legislations, economies, and ethics of online images.

Internet Photography is not about the production of new photos, instead it interrogates the renewed role of the photographic medium impacting the formation of personal and social reality.

Today, photography needs to explore the vast amount of photos over the Internet with broad social, personal, legal, political, and economic consequences. Hence, Internet Photography addresses privacy violation, social control, free speech, economic inequalities, political spin, poor self-perception and self-expression.

These examinations re-position photography itself at the center of visual culture through canny artistic strategies such as figuration and abstraction, recontextualization and appropriation, image juxtaposition and deconstruction, as well as documentary and social reporting for denunciations and self-reflection. The The ethics of photography, the aesthetics of photos, as well as the social and political capability of photography are all redefined within the Internet.

As a society and as individuals, we face the new power of photography and it's potential to affect what we accept and perceive as the aesthetic, ethical, and social norms. It is the duty of art to explore all potentials, dangers, and contradictions of this new state of the photographic medium on the Internet.

By Paolo Cirio.

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