Museums and Visitor Photography: How Visitors Use Photography

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Billions of photographs are produced each year in museums throughout the world, with the number steadily rising year by year. While museum visitors accumulate personal photographs from museum visits, the kind of photographs they produce, how, and for what reasons, has been little explored.

Social networks and photo-sharing mean that photography now plays a significant role in defining people and places. As a result, museums are increasingly using visitor photography in innovative and effective ways: to engage and involve, to reach new audiences, and to facilitate learning.

Museums and Visitor Photography will be both a practical source of information and inspiration, and a valuable source of new research information.

Our Call for Papers closed in September with more than 40 very high quality international proposals received. Editor Theopisti Stylianou-Lambert - current recipient of the Smithsonian Institution Fellowship in Museum Practice and Coordinator of the Visual Sociology and Museum Studies Lab and Assistant Professor at Cyprus University of Technology - is currently receiving and reviewing the final papers for the book, which will be published later this year.

The papers and case studies which will form part of the book are as follows:

  1. Jenna C. Ashton, The University of Manchester: Digital Sculptures, Digital Visitors @ MOSI.
  2. Johanna Barnbeck et.al., Rijksmuseum: User Camera Studies in the Rijksmuseum.
  3. Kristin Bayans & Justin Meyer, Portland Art Museum: #captureParklandia: Using Instagram to Advocate for Portland's Parks
  4. Jeffrey S. Bowen, University of Houston-Clear Lake Art Gallery: The Selfie Factor - How Museums Can Use Popular Social Behaviors to Increase Audience and Income.
  5. Marta Brunelli, University of Macerata, Italy: School Photographs and Photography - some suggestions for a participatory museology.
  6. Alli Burness, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC: Decoding the Selfie in the Museum
  7. Mar Dixon: #MuseumSelfie Day.
  8. Russell Dornan, Wellcome Collection: Audience Photography via Social Media.
  9. Kajsa Hartig, Nordiska Museet, Stockholm: Connecting with Audiences through Instagram.
  10. Divya Rao Heffley, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh: A Collective Photo Album By and For The People of Pittsburgh.
  11. Linda A. Henkel, Katelyn Parisi, & Carey Mack Weber, Fairfield University: The Museum as Psychology Lab - Research on Photography and Memory in Museums.
  12. Kaeleigh Herstad, Indiana University: #MuseumSelfies and the Policing of Heritage.
  13. Elee Kirk, University of Leicester: Young Children's Digital Photography in a Museum.
  14. Mariruth Laftwich, Senator John Heinz History Center: Analysing Online Visitor Photographs from Graceland.
  15. Lillian Lewis, Pennsylvania State University: Performing Museum Photography.
  16. Kjersti Lillebø and Kirsten Linde, Akershusmuseet, Norway: Visitor Photography and Museum Marketing.
  17. Ellie Miles, British Museum: Visitor Photography in the Sutton Hoo and Early Medieval Gallery.
  18. Jonathan T. Naito, St. Olaf College, Minnesota: Digital Photography and the Materiality of Objects and Images.
  19. Patrick Van Rossem, Utrecht University, Netherlands: (Re)presentations of Museum Visitors and Museum Educators.
  20. Leslie-Jean Thornton, Arizona State University: Beyond the Museum Selfie: Becoming the Art from Afar.
  21. Alexandra Weilenmann & Thomas Hillman, University of Gothenburg, Sweden: Social media souvenirs - Expanded experiences through visitor photography.

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