ICCHS PhD researcher Bronwen Colquhoun and her supervisor, Dr. Areti Galani have contributed a chapter to a new book entitled ‘The Versatile Image: Photography, Digital Technologies and the Internet,’ published by Leuven University Press. The publication was officially launched earlier this month at the Mining Institute in Newcastle upon Tyne, with a seminar that focused on the opportunities and challenges for photographers, curators and audiences of photography in the digital age. Organised by the North East Photography Network, the seminar included contributions from: visual storyteller and photography writer David Campbell; photographic historian, writer and curator Alexandra Moschovi; and a keynote talk from Netherlands-based photographic artist Willem Popelier.
Bronwen and Areti’s book chapter, ‘Flickr The Commons: Historic Photographic Collections through the Eyes of an Online Community of Interest’ is based on Bronwen’s PhD research that looks at how cultural institutions are placing photographic collections on the image-sharing website, Flickr The Commons, in order to engage with different communities of interest. The publication features a range of contributors including photographers, curators, artists and academics:
‘With the advent of digital technologies and the Internet, photography can, at last, fulfill its promise and forgotten potential as both a versatile medium and an adaptable creative practice. This multidisciplinary volume provides new insights into the shifting cultures affecting the production, collection, usage, and circulation of photographic images on interactive World Wide Web platforms.
International contributors from across the arts and humanities consider fundamental concepts that are associated with the practical applications of convergent technologies and media, focusing on the role of digital and mobile cultures and image-making in the everyday life of citizens and their experience of today’s ‘hypervisual’ digital universe, while exploring how contemporary artists creatively interact with such new photographic contexts. Accompanied by a specially commissioned photo-essay, the volume is an important new resource for photographers, artists, and curators as well as academics.’
(Leuven University Press, 2014)