Phillip Maisel - A More Open Space

Phillip Maisel – A More Open Space

“We’re going to change the world. I think we can make the world a more open place.”  – Mark Zuckerberg.

“Facebook has reached 500 million users worldwide. Over 100 million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day. Amid growth in popularity is growing controversy about Facebook’s privacy policies.  Their terms state that any user grants Facebook a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any photo posted on the site.  Does the act of sharing change in the context of these terms?  I am interested in our reaction to this massive influx of photos and the modern experience of engaging with this technology.

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Each image within this series is produced by a long-exposure photograph of a computer screen while flipping through both my and other users’ photo albums. One is able to view photographs in albums in quick succession allowing an entire collection of photographs can be experienced in a matter of seconds. Documents of entire vacations, of whole seasons can blur by in an instant. In this way, I see the document becoming as fleeting as the moment it initially tried to capture.

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With the advent of websites like Facebook, the combination of technology and photography is playing an increasing role as a databank for our memories. At the same time, despite Facebook’s current popularity, its lasting prominence in our collective lives is uncertain, highlighting the ephemeral quality of photography in the digital age.”

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via Kodak Moment