external “Disruptions: Social Media Images Form a New Language Online”

— Nick Bilton at NYTimes

Photos, once slices of a moment in the past — sunsets, meetings with friends, the family vacation — are fast becoming an entirely new type of dialogue. The cutting-edge crowd is learning that communicating with a simple image, be it a picture of what’s for dinner or a street sign that slyly indicates to a friend, “Hey, I’m waiting for you,” is easier than bothering with words, even in a world of hyper-abbreviated Twitter posts and texts.

“This is a watershed time where we are moving away from photography as a way of recording and storing a past moment,” said Robin Kelsey, a professor of photography at Harvard, and we are “turning photography into a communication medium.”

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  • gochugogi

    Professor Kelsey, you silly goose, photography is and always has been a communication medium.

  • harumph

    That was my thought too. Photojournalism, just for starters.

  • Rabi Abonour

    It’s just a semantic issue. Photography has always been communicative, but the idea of a dialogue through photograph in the way it is presented here is new.

  • harumph

    Then you just invite a semantic issue over the definition of dialogue. One could easily argue that newspapers, for instance, or magazines like Look or Life used photography to establish a dialogue with their readers. The only thing different about Instagram and its ilk is that they are a democratic medium in which everyone is invited to participate. That’s not quite the transformative moment that Kelsey is trying to sell here. The essence of photography remains the same.

  • Rabi Abonour

    Completely agree.