chapter  7
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WILL IMAGES MOVE US STILL?

The death of photography has been reported. There is a growing sense that we are now witnessing the birth of a new era, that of post-photography. This, of course, represents a response to the development of new digital electronic technologies for the registration, manipulation and storage of images. Over the past decade or so, we have seen the increasing convergence of photographic technologies with video and computer technologies, and this convergence seems set to bring about a new context in which still images will constitute just one small element in the encompassing domain of what has been termed hypermedia. Virtual technologies, with their capacity to originate a ‘realistic’ image on the basis of mathematical applications that model reality, add to the sense of anticipation and expectation.