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The Internet has fundamentally changed photography. Never in history have people created so many photographs to such vast and immediate audiences as today. Never before has the individual snapshot taken by ordinary men and women had such a global political impact. Photographs have become integral in all forms of our communication. Today, sharing pictures is as important as creating them.

Although technological changes, such as digitalization, the Internet, smart phones, and metadata have changed the concept of photography, the needs and desires behind taking photos have remained surprisingly similar. We still use photographs to enhance our memories, to construct our identities, to find love, and to stay in touch with those close to us. With photographs we try to influence the world that surrounds us. And just like before, we want to create business with photographs.

This exhibition is about the photographs we all capture and share – selfies, cat photos, and holiday snaps. Not forgetting snapshots of tragedies and snapshots with political impacts. The changing photography culture is made tangible in interactive installations and snapshots, as well as in contemporary artwork by Catherine Balet, Erik Kessels, Niklas Kullström and Sisse Stroyer.

The exhibition is produced by The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki and curated by its chief curator Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger in collaboration with Risto Sarvas (Futurice) and Asko Lehmuskallio (University of Tampere, The School of Communication, Media and Theatre).

OPENING 19.06.2015 / 7:00 PM
LOCATION #snapshot Oberhafen - hall 3, Stockmeyerstr. 41, 20457 Hamburg

Open daily 11 am – 8 pm


Finnish Museum of Photography, Futurice and University of Tampere


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