Everyday Life in the Mirror of Photoblogs. Social Functions of Photography in the Age of the Consumer Culture

Krzysztof Olechnicki


The article aims to analyse the relation between the consumer culture and photography. The analysis begins with presenting a wide context of changes of social functions of photography (both technological and ideological). The changes include voyeuristic and exhibitionistic trends among the photographers, transformation of family photography, emerging of new photographers and last but not least the trivialization of photography. All these changes are discussed with a reference to a new photographic phenomenon – photoblogging. The paper presents its history and basic facts and then assumes that some photoblogs implement the project of a total photography which is achieved by exploring the everyday life. Finally, the article offers a perspective on profits which sociology can gain by surveying the world of online images.

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photography; sociology of everyday life; visual sociology; photoblog; consumer culture

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