Digital images, photo-sharing, and our shifting notions of everyday aesthetics

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In this article, the author argues that the social use of digital photography, as represented on Flickr, signals a shift in the engagement with the everyday image, as it has become less about the special or rarefied moments of domestic living and more about an immediate, rather fleeting, display and collection of one's discovery and framing of the small and mundane. In this way, photography is no longer just the embalmer of time that André Bazin once spoke of, but rather a more alive, immediate, and often transitory practice/form. In addition, the everyday image becomes something that even the amateur can create and comment on with relative authority and ease, which works to break down the traditional bifurcation of amateur versus professional categories in image-making. Copyright © 2008 SAGE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationImages
Subtitle of host publicationCritical and Primary Sources
EditorsSunil Manghani
Place of PublicationLondon
StatePublished - 2013


  • Aesthetics
  • Amateur
  • Digital images
  • Everyday
  • New media
  • Photo-sharing
  • Photography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Communication


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