This collection examines how the networked image establishes new social practices for the user and presents new challenges for cultural practitioners engaged in making, curating, teaching, exhibiting, archiving and preserving born-digital objects.

The mode of vision and imaging, established through photography over the previous two centuries, has and continues to be radically reconfigured by a hybrid of algorithms, computing, programmed capture and display devices, and an array of online platforms. The image under these new conditions is filtered, fluid, fleeting, permeable, mobile and distributed and is changing our ways of seeing. The chapters in this volume are the outcome of research conducted at the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image (CSNI) and its collaboration with The Photographers’ Gallery over the last ten years. The book's contributors investigate radical changes in the meanings and values of hybridised media in socio-technical networks and speak to the creeping automation of culture through applications of AI, social media platforms and the financialisation of data.

This interdisciplinary collection draws upon media and cultural studies, art history, art practice, photographic theory, user design, animation, museology and computer science as a way of making sense of the specific cultural consequences of the rapid succession of changes in image technologies and to bring the story up to date. It will be of particular interest to scholars and students of visual culture, media studies and photography.

chapter |20 pages


part I|59 pages

The Condition of the Networked Image

chapter 1|18 pages

The Politics of the Networked Image

Representation and Reproduction

chapter 2|19 pages

The Networked Image after Web 2.0

Flickr and the ‘Real-World’ Photography of the Dataset

chapter 3|20 pages

Post-Capitalist Photography

part II|51 pages

Computation, Software, Learning

chapter 4|19 pages

The Computer Vision Lab

The Epistemic Configuration of Machine Vision

chapter 6|18 pages

Soft Subjects

Hybrid Labour in Media Software

part III|54 pages

Curating the Networked Image

chapter 7|17 pages

The Paradoxes of Curating the Networked Image

Aesthetic Currents, Flows and Flaws

chapter 9|16 pages

Screenshot Situations

Imaginary Realities of Networked Images

part IV|42 pages

Digitisation and the Reconfiguration of the Archive

chapter 10|19 pages

Networks of Care

chapter 11|21 pages

Beyond the Screenshot

Interface Design and Data Protocols in the Net Art Archive