We Are The Camera: On the Making and Reading of Photographic Images

By Susanne Ramsenthaler.

Published by The International Journal of Visual Design

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This paper traces a historical thread of the “Black Box Syndrome,” which separates the Observer from the Observed in terms of photographic image production and experienced a few crucial reincarnations before its role in today’s still and moving imagery. The second part demonstrates the extent to which we have assimilated “camera vision,” by automatically translating its conventions into actions or phenomena which our eyes are unable to see. In a world increasingly dominated by image consumption, it appears that we have indeed become the camera.

Keywords: Photography, Film, Perception, History

The International Journal of Visual Design, Volume 10, Issue 1, March, 2016, pp.11-17. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: January 27, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 422.805KB)).

Dr. Susanne Ramsenthaler

Lecturer, School of Art, , Edinburgh College of Art, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK