chapter  17
Outlook
Photographic wayfaring, now and to come
ByNancy Van House
Pages 10

This chapter explores some of the current developments that are fundamental to people's experiences of photography and its entanglement with ways of being in the world. It shows influence from a variety of areas of theory, including media studies, geography and communications studies. In this chapter, Rose, a cultural geographer who has done extensive empirical research on photographic practices, argues that the social sciences have much to offer to the field of visual culture. The phenomenological anthropologist Timothy Ingold describes life as wayfaring. People are in continual movement through the world. Computer vision research, facilitated by these huge corpuses, can recognize elements within photos and even identify faces. Researchers working for service providers may be the only ones with access to certain collections. Ethical, policy and legal concerns further limit access.