From Snapshots to Social Media - The Changing Picture of Domestic Photography

  • Risto Sarvas
  • David M. Frohlich

Part of the Computer Supported Cooperative Work book series (CSCW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Risto Sarvas, David M. Frohlich
    Pages 1-3
  3. Risto Sarvas, David M. Frohlich
    Pages 5-22
  4. Risto Sarvas, David M. Frohlich
    Pages 23-45
  5. Risto Sarvas, David M. Frohlich
    Pages 47-82
  6. Risto Sarvas, David M. Frohlich
    Pages 83-101
  7. Risto Sarvas, David M. Frohlich
    Pages 103-137
  8. Risto Sarvas, David M. Frohlich
    Pages 139-177
  9. Risto Sarvas, David M. Frohlich
    Pages 179-185
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 187-201

About this book


From Snapshots to Social Media describes the history and future of domestic photography as mediated by technological change. Domestic photography refers to the culture of ordinary people capturing, sharing and using photographs, and is in a particular state of flux today as photos go digital. The book argues that this digital era is the third major chapter in the 170 year history of the area; following the portrait and Kodak eras of the past.

History shows that despite huge changes in photographic technology and the way it has been sold, people continue to use photographs to improve memory, support communication and reinforce identity. The future will involve a shift in the balance of these core activities and a replacement of the family album with various multimedia archives for individuals, families and communities. This raises a number of issues that should be taken into account when designing new technologies and business services in this area, including: the ownership and privacy of content, multimedia standards, home ICT infrastructure, and younger and older users of images.  

The book is a must for designers and engineers of imaging technology and social media who want a better understanding of the history of domestic photography in order to shape its future. It will also be of value to students and researchers in science and technology studies and visual culture, as a fascinating case study of the evolving use of photographs and photographic technology in Western society.


Digital snapshots Snapshot multimedia Snapshot photography Social practices with snapshots

Authors and affiliations

  • Risto Sarvas
    • 1
  • David M. Frohlich
    • 2
  1. 1.Aalto University FinlandHelsinki Institute for Information TechnHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Digital World Media Centre (DWRC)University of SurreyGuildfordUnited Kingdom

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