I was prompted to read this book after reading an extract of chapter 8, Toward a Hyperphotography, for exercise 3.1 of the DIC course. The book is on the essential reading list for the course and has been sitting on my book shelf for several months. With the critical essay (assignment 3) approaching however, it seemed like a good time to read it.
From the first chapter, it is clear why this book is considered essential reading for the course. It addresses the relatively recent digital revolution in photography and questions how visual culture is changing in light of these developments. He also goes on to suggest new strategies that might enable us to better understand our new visual world.
The book is easy to read and provides the reader with much food for thought. Personally though, I felt as though the book were already a little outdated. Photography, and the so-called digital revolution, has already moved on since this book was first published eight years ago. It is for this reason, that I subsequently purchased a copy of Ritchin’s 2013 book, Bending the Frame. I wanted to see how Ritchin’s opinions had changed along with the constantly evolving photographic technology.
Ritchin, F. (2009) After Photography. W.W. Norton & Company: London.