The Culture of Photography in Public Space (Book)

From privacy concerns regarding Google Street View to surveillance photography’s association with terrorism and sexual predators, photography as an art has become complex terrain upon which anxieties about public space have been played out. Yet the photographic threat is not limited to the image alone. A range of social, technological, and political issues converge in these rising anxieties and affect the practice, circulation, and consumption of contemporary public photography today. The Culture of Photography in Public Space collects essays and photographs that offer a new response to these restrictions, the events, and the anxieties that give rise to them.

Category: Visual Arts

Edition

From privacy concerns regarding Google Street View to surveillance photography’s association with terrorism and sexual predators, photography as an art has become complex terrain upon which anxieties about public space have been played out. Yet the photographic threat is not limited to the image alone. A range of social, technological and political issues converge in these rising anxieties and affect the practice, circulation, and consumption of contemporary public photography today. The Culture of Photography in Public Space collects essays and photographs that offer a new response to these restrictions, the events and the anxieties that give rise to them.

Anne Marsh is a professional research fellow at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.

Melissa Miles is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow and photography historian.

Daniel Palmer is a writer and Senior Lecturer in the Art Theory Program in the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture at Monash University. He has a long-standing involvement with the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne, as a former curator and current board member. His publications include the books Twelve Australian Photo Artists (2009), co-authored with Blair French, and the edited volume Photogenic: Essays/Photography/CCP 2000–2004 (2005). His scholarly writings on photography have appeared in journals such as Photographies, Philosophy of Photography, Angelaki and Reading Room, and he regularly contributes to art magazines including Art & Australia and Frieze. His current research focuses upon the digital image and collaboration in photography.

Introduction – Melissa Miles

Chapter 1

Standing on Shifting Ground: Privacy and Photography in Public – Melissa Miles

Chapter 2

Tilt – Simon Terrill

Chapter 3

'No Credible Photographic Interest': Photography Restrictions and Surveillance in a Time of Terror – Daniel Palmer and Jessica Whyte

Chapter 4

Street View/Interface – Michael Wolf

Chapter 5

Bill Henson and the Polemics of the Nude Child in Photography – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Anne Marsh

Chapter 6

The Sleepers and Trafalgar Square – Cherine Fahd

Chapter 7

Criminalizing 'Camera Fiends': Photography Restrictions in the Age of Digital Reproduction – Jessica Whyte

Chapter 8

In the Event of Amnesia the City will Recall – Denis Beaubois

Chapter 9

The Face in Digital Space – Martyn Jolly

Chapter 10

From Sixteen Google Street Views – Jon Rafman

Chapter 11

Google Street View and Photography in Public Space – Daniel Palmer

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