Text "Internet Photography". 2016.
Photography of the Internet extends to unprecedented social fields and challenges social norms for questioning cultural, economic, and ethical values of photos circulating within the Internet.

Capturing the Internet photographically means positioning the camera inside the databases, the algorithms, the screens, and the networks. Internet Photography is not about the production of new photos, instead it investigates the renewed role of the photographic medium impacting the understanding of the formation of personal and social reality.

Photography needs to explore the vast amount of photos circulating over the Internet, overlaying the physical and online worlds with broad personal, legal, and economic consequences. Hence, Internet Photography inevitably has to address privacy abuses, economic exploitation, political spin, personal traumas and poor self-expression.

Ethics of photography seek new balance and boundaries within an environment of disruptive potential, capacity, and speed. The aesthetics of Internet Photography are influenced by the same techniques, contexts, and visual styles brought about by the underpinning components of the Internet, such as coding, networking, and ubiquity.

Photography has repositioned itself at the center of visual culture through canny artistic strategies such as figuration and abstraction; recontextualization and appropriation; emotional response and social reporting; for denunciations and self reflection.

As a society and as individuals, we face the new power of photography and it's potential to affect what we accept as ethical and aesthetic 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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