Photography has never been a more dominant and embedded part of contemporary culture than it is now. The Internet, digital technology and social media have amplified our ability to connect and build communities, and sharing and communication of images has facilitated an exponential growth in picture capture and digital distribution.

New Foto Scapes seeks to navigate the evolving topography surrounding the image in the twenty-first century; offering a focused eye on the contemporary creative author-curator and image-maker and on the possibilities afforded by an increasingly complex professional landscape. Jonathan Shaw advocates a new way of thinking about photographic production and education in a post-digital era.

New Foto Scapes is a collection of curated texts arising from a series of in-depth conversations with key stakeholders in, and influential commentators on, photography; including Andy Adams (Flakphoto), David Campbell, Charlotte Cotton, Dónall Curtin, Nathaniel Pitt, Mishka Henner, Francis Hodgson, Dewi Lewis, Stephen Mayes and Katrina Sluis.

The book is smart, engaging and touches on almost all the aspects of the industry. Perspectives and views cover a wide range of topics such as; agencies, appropriation, archives, community, curation, governance, licensing, mobile, networked-image, open education, photobooks, power and value. There is surely something in this book of essays for any person with a serious interest in the world of photography.

Highly recommended — and you can read it free online, or buy a printed copy or an eBook!


In the spirit of today's mobile and connected world NEWFOTOSCAPES is simultaneously available on the web under a Creative Commons license and versioned in online, eBook and Print formats.

New Foto Scapes
Edited by Jonathan Shaw
Publisher: Library of Birmingham
Page number: 232 pages