NEW COURSE FOR RISD: From Instamatic to Instagram: Photographic Practices in a Digital Age

DCF 1.0Lately I’ve been looking at Penelope Umbrico, Dina Kelberman, and Oliver Wasow as practitioners. I’m also collecting readings such as “I Snap, Therefore I Am: The proliferation of camera phones is transforming photography and providing rich material for artists” (Gamerman, Ellen).

From Instamatic to Instagram: Photographic Practices in the Digital Age

“The practice of taking pictures with a camera phone is so much more widespread than an other form of image-making in the history of humankind.” – Mia Fineman, Associate Photography Curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.

Who is a photographer and who is the audience for photographic images today? How has the Internet changed conditions for taking, viewing, and sharing images? Increasingly, photographic images inhabit a virtual slipstream that dislodges pictures from both their object status and original author and context. The internet shifts, blurs, and multiplies the relationships between images, from a Google Image search, to the reblog, down to the individual Tumblr page – a subdivided virtual archive that is both produced by and reflects what we find worthy of seeing and remembering.

How are artists responding? In this class, you will engage in critical analysis of contemporary photographic practices in a networked age, and also define your own practice of collecting and organizing the images you upload to (or take from) the web. You will be developing different methodologies to present your “curated” collections including (but not limited to) book, tumblr, installation, YouTube or blog formats.

About Lisa Young

My hybrid studio practice includes installation, book, video, web, and photography. My projects examine the intersection of the pedestrian, the repetitive, and the imperfect with the transcendent, the beautiful, and the perfect. I am interested in the way that the repetitive action of accumulating and organizing can create its own poetics. I grew up in Illinois, completed the Whitney ISP program in 1996, and teach Interdisciplinary Synthesis at the Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, MA. You can see my work at

13. August 2014 by Lisa Young
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