The New Medium
Grundberg’s postmodern history of photography discusses how the content of the medium has changed from post-Fordist capitalism.
The book also emphasizes how American culture is rooted in popular culture that has become emblematic of international capitalism and mass media, replaced by digital technology after World War II.
This transition from the 20th to the 21st century is visible through several mediums, specifically through popular photography made for Instagram and Facebook.
Our Relationship to the Photograph
Cotton explores the changing relationship between people and their images in a media-dominated world. She examines how ‘the camera’ has come to shape individual and collective identities, sometimes in ways, we might not expect.
Photos touch our souls and mark our memories; they shape us as individuals and make us human—in all senses of the word: we are built from photographs, often without realizing it.
Cotton shows how photography is evolving at breakneck speed to meet new global markets; how it reflects our age of information overload—and holds up a mirror to it; how selfies have become a tool for art, publicity, or global protest.