Photography and Society

Photography and SocietyAs mentioned in the previous post, photography has established itself as an art form. Currently, photography is synonym with the ways of expression, communication and information. Photography can be seen everywhere; newspapers, in magazines, in advertisements. For some people, it is also a way to record memories of important events in one’s private or public life. For example, some people think it is important to register the history of their family through a family photo album.

Photography can serve a journalistic or artistic purpose. Currently, many people do not consider photography as means of reproducing nature, or an objective mirror of reality. On the contrary, photography is considered to be biased and subjective, depending on who is behind the camera lens. Photography speaks its own language. The notion of photography authors is associated with aesthetic discourse, and as such, photography, much like any other art form, encompasses a message that needs to be decoded for its interpretation.

Ways of expression emerge and change constantly, but most importantly, in historic moments, and are deeply affected and influenced by the socioeconomic and political context. Authors (whether of photography or literature or any other art form) and their work corresponds to a social and cultural context from which they emerge. Any variation occurring in society can cause changes in the themes and the modalities of artistic expression.

For example, if you take the 19th century as an example, in which industrialization and modern capitalism emerged, you will clearly observe certain characteristics in images from that time period, and how the use and the techniques in photography have changed over the years. Photography helps people manifest their desires and social needs, as can playing games at, while it can also help them interpret historical events in their lives or in their social context. Photography is a part of a communication process that is established between an author and a viewer.