This was a two week Industry Project done in collaboration with Intel Labs.

Future Social Photography

In ten years time, when flat pictures become multi-dimensional cubes of information connected in a constantly evolving network, media collections will invite us to interact and actively create, transform and share the everyday and the momentous in new, unexpected ways.

A digital picture is a collection of pixels, thousands of points of colour that make up a fixed, frozen image. But digital pictures don’t stop at just pixels. Dynamic data allows us to know when and where the picture was taken, who was there and what time. But, what if we knew what the people in the picture were doing, who else was around, what other pictures were being taken, and how this picture connects to other pictures of this place, these people, this moment?

This two week workshop explored the possibilities of a genuinely digital, mainstream consumer experiences with these new dynamic collections of information. Looking forward 10-15 years to imagine a space where technologies that are just emerging today are robust and readily available, students were asked to look at applications for technology, and models for businesses.

Photography is considered one of the most important technological innovations in the 20th century. Digital photography revolutionised many aspects of photography, and made it more accessible and flexible. In the last few years, photography has taken a whole new dimension with the appearance of smart phones, the growth of social networks and other platforms that make aggregated data available to everyone. The early mechanics of this revolution are all around us: GPS, sensor data, facial recognition, object based search, augmented reality, giga-pixel collections, and massive social imaging projects.


Visiting Faculty
Joshua Walton, James Tichenor

Resident Faculty
Ishac Bertran

Intel Labs
(Jay Melican, Tawny Schlieski, Lucas Ainsworth, Genevieve Bell, Kent Lyons)

photography, social, technology, metadata, sensors, consumer products, future