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p. 11. Forgetting photographylocked

  • Steve Edwards

Abstract

Much of our familiarity with the world as we know it derives from photographic visualization as a replacement for first-hand experience. Photographs have made many things seem quite ordinary and have allowed us to feel close to distant places. Does this render first-hand experience less important? ‘Forgetting photography’ imagines a photographless world. So much of our knowledge comes from photographs: in a life without them, much of that knowledge would be lost. How would celebrities or the royal family cope without photography? What would advertisements be like without being able to use photography to get their message across? Would there be any benefits to a photographless world?

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