In what way(s) has photography affected our culture?

What has been photography’s greatest contribution to history in your opinion?

How do you see photographic technology affecting culture in the future?

Post an image of a photograph that you feel best represents photography’s role in culture today.

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KRISTIE POST

In what way(s) has photography affected our culture?

In today’s world, cameras and picture-taking has vividly deepened photography’s influence on various aspects of our culture, from popular habits and expectations all the way to constitutional law.  Photography is not only about recording moments or taking pictures, it is a form of expression, communication, and art.  Photography has impacted cyber-space, sports, outer space, and medicine. Pictures today share a story on social media ranging from Snap Chat, Instagram’ and Facebook.

What has been photography’s greatest contribution to history in your opinion?

In my opinion, the posed portraits of World War I soldiers gave way to graphic images of war and its aftermath.  Images such as Joel Rosenthal’s photograph, Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima brought the reality of war home and helped galvanize the American people like never before.

How do you see photographic technology affecting culture in the future?

As we expect more from technology we start to expect less from each other.  Social media has shifted human communication more toward visual at the expense of text and voice. Today as well as the future a photo, or emoji, can become the core of our conversation.

JORDAN POST

In what ways has photography affected our culture?

I think photography has effected our culture in a sense that everyone is taking pictures of everything. We all have camera phones so we are taking pictures of our homes, our animals, ourselves, our children, our food, our drinks, our books, etc. It is important to us because it expresses who we are and what we love.

What has been photography’s greatest contribution to history in your opinion?

I think that the greatest contribution of photography to history would have to be history itself. When you Google photography, you see things like bicycles, beaches, people in fields, etc. When you Google historical photography you see the Great Depression, WWII, The Vietnam War, fashion shows, and much more.

How do you see photographic technology affecting culture in the future?

I see it affecting the future in a way that there will be so much more that the world will see. We see so much every single day just by looking on Facebook, and that is because someone, anyone out there has a camera. Social media will become even more important and will be the main ways of communication. Instagram is nothing but photography by everyone around the world expressing who they are.