Trends in 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.

We look for the analysis of recent phenomena in photography, but also for the presentation of sophisticated art projects. For submissions, please click HERE and first send an abstract of 160 words so that the editorial board can check whether the topic would be considerable.

Staging and Documentation

Staging and documentation are often understood as opposites, as very distinctive ways to use photography. In this issue we would like to explore the boundaries of these two terms and their intricate relationship.

We would like to analyze examples and situations which bring together both poles, taking into consideration the wish for perfection in documentation as well as as the wish for authenticity, which increasingly comes up in staging. Practical questions come into play as what makes a picture “staged” as well as more general questions such as why we need documentary and staged pictures and what can be considered as truth.

We are looking forward to receive articles treating these issues, but also reports about art projects which address the topic. For submissions, please click HERE and first send an abstract of 1000 signs so that the editorial board can check whether the topic would be considerable.

In front of the camera

In many cases photography requires at least two subjects, the photographer and the person in front of the camera. Who is he or she, who is the model? Why does he or she stand in front of the lens?

Various types of models can be distinguished, the ones which end up as the subject of a photograph by chance, becoming part of a rather spontaneous shot, and further, there are people modelling as a hobby or a job, be it in form of planned photoshootings or be it people offering to be photographed at common travel destinations, often being dressed up to match tourists’ visions of local traditions. Numerous questions arise from these situations. What characterizes the relationship between model and photographer? How does it feel to be photographed? Why do several people enjoy being photographed whereas others dislike it?

We are looking forward to your articles on aspects concerning the process and result of being photographed. As usual, we are also interested in articles about sophisticated art projects surrounding “modelling” . For submissions, please click HERE and first send an abstract of 1000 signs so that the editorial board can check whether the topic would be considerable.