Photography & Image

Things are changing fast in photography. It isn’t just the impact of technology – though the onset of digital cameras has long provoked a return to simpler techniques, such as lomography.

It is more the democratisation process perpetuated by the Web that is affecting all forms of personal expression and communication. Most people now have a digital camera, if only on their mobile phone. We are used to posting our own images online and downloading them at will. So where do the professionals stand? In a healthy position, if they are prepared to take account of social shifts, according to our contributors. Increased social awareness is creating new creative visions, with photographers addressing environmental concerns and social injustice. This trend is honoured in a newish award for sustainability, the Prix Pictet, which rewards some stunningly emotive images.

Lynda Relph-Knight, Editor, Design Week

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