Fine Art Photography

User Experience: Penelope Umbrico on Technology and Obsolescence

June 23, 2016

By Conor Risch


A detail from “Everyone’s Photos Any License (654 of 1,146,034 Full Moons on Flickr, November 2015),” which collects moon images posted online under various copyright restrictions. Penelope Umbrico is interested in exploring the way photography “produces and is produced by its technology,” she says. 

Faith in technology is a defining characteristic of Western society in the second decade of the twenty-first century. Many believe that tech innovators will “disrupt” the world’s problems, fundamentally improving the quality of life for humanity. And maybe they will. For all the marveling at technology, though, there is a seemingly equal amount of turmoil and skepticism. We wring our...

To read the full story login, purchase 2-day access or subscribe.