Photographic public sphere: Identity building with vernacular photography

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The foundation of the article is based on the notion that self-disclosure is one of the most significant factors of contemporary vernacular photography. Argued through conceptual analysis and real-life examples, the role of self-disclosure is analysed in relation to the somewhat institutionalized functions of vernacular photogra- phy: (1) preserving memories, (2) maintaining and creating new social relation- ships, (3) self-presentation and (4) self-expression. The article sheds light on the widespread use of cameraphones and how the role of self-disclosure differs notably within the four chosen functions, since its absence among private photographs contributes to personal and unique memories; and within shared photographs, it defines how people want to be seen by others and themselves. The benefits and challenges of private and shared photography are also evaluated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-36
Number of pages16
JournalCatalan Journal of Communication & Cultural Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Field of science

  • Visual arts and design

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