Issue 01/2019

Trends in recent photography

Photography is ever changing. In this issue we would like to look at photographic trends from the perspective of social science, asking the question, why certain trends emerge.

One example is instant photography, which underwent a revival during the last years, thus in a time, in which heavy retouching is accessible even for amateurs, who can use numerous cell phone apps to “improve” their pictures. Another, very recent trend is the focus on body positivity expressed by pictures focusing on the body’s weaknesses or on imperfect bodies. A more technical trend, which yet has vast sociological / anthropological implications, is the trend to use cell phone cameras even for ambitious projects, which on the one hand limit artistic possibilities, on the other create a new dynamic and enables hidden photography.