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Digital Photo Adoption

  • Risto Sarvas
  • David M. Frohlich
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Part of the Computer Supported Cooperative Work book series (CSCW)

Abstract

In this chapter, we review the gradual adoption of digital photographic technologies. The pattern here is revealed by a variety of empirical studies in the field of human–computer interaction, examining reactions to elements of the digital infrastructure as they were introduced. The review begins by considering home ‘development’ of digital photos by means of digital cameras and either home printers or printing services. It then steps through the introduction of other technologies, such as the home archive, camera phones, Web sites, and the plethora of printed and screen-based options for offline photo sharing. Early concerns about the photographic quality of digital prints are shown to have given way to interest in the properties of immediate and local screen-based sharing of images, and a strong desire by consumers to share images remotely over the Internet. The introduction of camera phones as a new category of camera is shown to be leading to more spontaneous, playful, and pragmatic uses of images as visual jokes, gestures, and reminders. These images now sit alongside more conventional snapshots of high points and holidays in growing home multimedia archives, which generally prove difficult to browse and enjoy. The conclusion from our review is that the value of photographs for memory, communication, and identity has not changed but the relative importance of these values has shifted, in a move away from memory and toward communication and identity.

Keywords

Digital Photo Digital Photography Camera Phone Print Photo Photo Sharing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIITAalto UniversityHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Digital World Research CentreUniversity of SurreyGuildfordUK

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