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July 14, 2005

Quals defense - Socio-technical perspectives on digital photography in professional practice

Eric Meyer defended his qualifying paper "Socio-technical perspectives on digital photography in professional practice" today.  The paper is available online at the following URL:


In 2003, sales of digital cameras surpassed those of film cameras, and there has been widespread adoption of digital photography by professional photographers. While scholars have long argued that photography plays an important social role, few have examined photography as a socio-technical phenomenon. Digital photography, considered as a set of novel technological artifacts supplanting traditional cameras, offers new opportunities for studying how photographers work and communicate.

This paper develops an argument for studying digital photography as a socio-technical phenomenon.  First, communication regimes are introduced as a new conceptual tool for understanding the role of communication technologies in socio-technical systems as well as a way of bounding research into communication-related socio-technical systems of interest.  Second, the paper lays out a path of inquiry in the literature that is most broadly represented in the social construction of technology (SCOT) tradition, more specifically elaborated in actor-network theory (ANT), and most recently articulated in the socio-technical interaction network approach (STIN).  This path of inquiry is helpful for understanding, among other things, the role of specific technologies within socio-technical networks and how technology can be a factor for social change in socio-technical systems.  Third, the paper argues that the recent introduction of digital photography offers a potentially fruitful area of study for information scientists and those studying information technologies.  Finally, the paper argues that case study methods offer a way to understand STINs of interest that are operating within communication regimes using digital photography, and offers a potential research strategy for undertaking such a study.

Advisory committee:

Chair: Howard Rosenbaum
Associate Professor of Library and Information Science

Member: Noriko Hara
Assistant Professor of Information Science

Minor Representative: Barry Bull
Professor of Education

Posted by prolurkr at July 14, 2005 04:19 PM

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