Edgar Gómez Cruz – Beyond decisive moments

Published on Dec 14, 2016

Beyond decisive moments: time and sense in digital photography
Edgar Gómez Cruz

Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the most influential photographers in history and one of the top urban “street photographers”, in his essay The Decisive Moment, elaborates on how his photographic practice relates to time, ways of seeing and framing. He reflects on the possibilities of the photographic camera to be used as a sketchbook. Revisiting Cartier-Bresson’s essay as an excuse, I build on his thoughts to discuss how technological affordances of digital photography have changed photographic practice. Using visual fieldwork in Japan carried out in June 2016, I discuss the opportunities of the digital to rethink what photography is and how can it be used to expand the horizons of time and senses in social science research.

We investigate how people experience the digital in everyday life, By researching from the ground up we bring fresh insight to a constantly changing world. The Digital Ethnography Research Centre DERC focuses on understanding a contemporary world where digital and mobile technologies are increasingly inextricable from the environments and relationships in which everyday life plays out. DERC excels in both academic scholarship and in our applied work with external partners from industry and other sectors.
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