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Impact Of Photography On Society

In this article, you will get to look into the impact of photography on society. As there are many ongoing questions about various facets of photography, let us study the influence of photography on our lives and the structure of the society.

Susan Sontag, in her writing "On Photography", discusses the objectivity of photography, which is a strongly disputed subject within the photographic community. According to Sontag, photographing any subject should bring out the correctness and suitability of the thing getting photographed. One should put one’s self into a positive relation to the world that feels like knowledge and therefore like power. However, it is the photographers who decide what object to take a photo of, what angle to frame the photo, which photography technique to use and what elements should be excluded from the photograph. All these factors may mirror a certain socio-historical context. Following these lines, the impact of photography on society cannot be ruled out. That photography is a subjective form of representation is a strongly debatable issue.

The effect of photography in modern times has raised a number of concerns. The impact of modern photography can be seen on society. The camera is presented as a supporter of voyeuristic reserves in Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window in 1954, where although the camera is an observation station, it is the act of photographing which is is more than passive observing. In 1960, Michal Powell's Peeping Tom shows the camera as both sadistic and sexually aggressive technology. Capturing the images of the pain and suffering, apparent on the faces of the female victims, the influence of photography is clearly to be seen.

The impact of photography on society, as one of the new media forms changes the structure of society. Further discomfort has been caused due to cameras and photography in regards to being insensitive. Photos of war and pornography always cause a stir. It is also feared that disturbing or explicit images are easily accessible to children and society at large today. It is a concern today that people can be turned into objects that can be symbolically possessed by anyone today.

Another impact of photography can be seen in is tourism, where photography has a very important role to play. Local inhabitants are often positioned and described by the camera lens for crating that “tourist gaze". However, it has also been disputed that local photographers can position the tourist photographer as a superficial consumer of images. Nevertheless, we cannot simply turn our faces away from the impact of photography on society and our lives.

 

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