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    Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Uncategorized by | No Comments »

    The Tourist as Documentarian

    A woman takes a selfie with her tablet at the Louvre. Photo by Adam Mathieu.
    As technology changes, so too does our way of documenting our own individual worlds. Here I consider the implications of over-photographing, or the implications of the tourist acting as documentarian. I find this idea of the tourist documentarian to carry my concern of what happens when we decide to shoot first and experience later. Gathering my research from first-hand experience in Paris, I observed as digital cameras and smartphones were existed almost universally in the hands of tourist as they moved about museums, chateaus, and the monument of the city. Additionally, I turn to research already done which examines what the eager photographer could be doing to their true memory in favor of creating these digital file-based memories.

    This blog is an extension of the project, one in which I ask for people to submit their selfies to be published on the page. In this participatory act I hope to create some dialogue about the selfie as well as provide a platform for these moments to get another breath of life, after all, these selfies are capturing moments that are either significant or were deemed worthy of documentation.


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