Sony Holds the World’s First Real-Time Digital Photography Exhibition

Imagine a photography exhibition in which all the photographs on the walls are being captured by their respective photographers in real-time around the world. That’s the kind of show Sony put on this past Thursday in London: the world’s first real-time digital photography exhibition.

The company selected three photographers — Lee Strickland, William Daniels, Paul Sullivan — based in three different cities around Europe — London, Paris, and Berlin (respectively) — and gave them each a Wi-Fi-capable Sony NEX-5R mirrorless camera. Each one was tasked with “capturing the light” of their hometowns.

Having Internet-connectivity allowed the photogs to beam their images to the The Loading Bay Gallery in real-time, displaying over 200 street photographs on the gallery’s 14 screens as they were being shot throughout the night. Visitors to the exhibition were treated with a photographic taste of what was happening on the streets of each city.

London-based photographer Mitesh Tailor was on hand to experience the unique event. Here are some photos showing what it was like:

This real-time exhibition may have been the world’s first, but we’re guessing it won’t be the last. Newer digital cameras are coming out with not just Wi-Fi, but 3G/4G, so this type of show will only get easier as cameras become capable of connecting to the web from anywhere there’s a cell phone tower.

Update: Here’s an official video showing what went down:

Image credits: Photographs by Mitesh Tailor and used with permission

  • MikeAlgar42

    Would have been fun to visit and see what was happening. I find it somewhat amusing that these are photos of people looking at people looking at photos. If someone were to take a photo of me looking at this article I don’t think it could get more meta.

  • Hardik Shah

    Unless that pic itself was being fed back into another real-time DPE.

  • MikeAlgar42

    What have you done?! We’ll be trapped in it forever.

  • hmwd

    How did they stay connected to WiFi throughout the whole walk on street?
    As far as I know the camera is not a photo with data plan itself.

  • hmwd

    phone, not photo. My typo.

  • April S

    Looks like they took the photos prior and then streamed them to the exhibit when they were back in a wifi zone.

    Having Internet-connectivity allowed the photogs to beam their images to the The Loading Bay Gallery in real-time…”

    So it didn’t actually say they were taking the photos in real time, just uploading them.