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Photography after 31 years of the Web
The DIAPH 8 collective:
The World Wide Web, the system thanks to which we can surf the Internet
from one website to another, celebrated its 31st birthday this year.
-It was also some 30 years ago that photography underwent a major technological
evolution as, following the example of other media, it too became digital.
However, as photography transitioned into a means of producing images electronically
and recording them as data, its intrinsic nature and fundamental principles
(capturing a slice of reality and transposing it into an image) were not
necessarily called into question.
This mutation did however wreak havoc on almost two hundred years’ history during
which our definition of photography was inextricably linked to the medium conveying
the image (a photographic print on paper, a reproduction in a magazine etc) and its
usage determined by this support.
By becoming immaterial, the photographic image gradually became an integral
part of the means of communication elaborated by the Web and this integration
has, in passing, abruptly and rapidly accelerated over the last 15 years.