Text "Internet Photography". 2016.
Photography of the Internet extends to unprecedented social fields. It challenges the conventions of photography for inquiring cultural, economic, legal, 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. Addressing photography of the Internet means questioning the languages, cultures, and semiotics of online photos. Working with 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 investigates 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 circulating over the Internet with broad personal, legal, politica, and economic consequences. Hence, Internet Photography addresses privacy abuses, economic exploitations, political spin, fabricated authenticity, 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; documentary and social reporting for denunciations and self-reflection. While, ethics of photography seeks new balances and boundaries within the environment of disruptive potentials of the Internet.

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