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Managing Image Collections by Margot Note

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Conclusion

Through being photographed, something becomes part of a system of information, fitted into schemes of classification and storage…. Reality as such is redefined—as an item for exhibition, as a record for scrutiny, as a target for surveillance. (Susan Sontag, 1977)

Our world has developed such a voracious appetite for information in visual form, and the digital image has such overwhelming technical and economic advantages as a way to meeting this demand, that it seems certain to succeed the photograph as our primary medium of visual record—much as the photograph itself succeeded the hand-drawn and painted image. Unlike silver-based photographic film, the digital image does not consume scarce, nonrenewable resources. It does not ...

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