BOOK LAUNCH PARTY: ”Digital Photography and Everyday Life. Empirical Studies on material visual practices.”

Welcome to the launch of ”Digital Photography and Everyday Life. Empirical Studies on material visual practices” co-edited by Edgar Gómez Cruz (DERC, RMIT, Australia) and Asko Lehmuskallio (COMET, University of Tampere, Finland).

26th of October 2016, from 19:00 to 20:00
Location: the Finnish Museum of Photography

The book explores the role that digital photography plays within everyday life. With contributors from ten different countries and backgrounds in a range of academic disciplines – including anthropology, media studies and visual culture – this collection takes a uniquely broad perspective on photography by situating the image-making process in wider discussions on the materiality and visuality of photographic practices and explores these through empirical case studies.

By focusing on material visual practices, the book presents a comprehensive overview of some of the main challenges digital photography is bringing to everyday life. It explores how the digitization of photography has a wide-reaching impact on the use of the medium, as well as on the kinds of images that can be produced and the ways in which camera technology is developed. The exploration goes beyond mere images to think about cameras, mediations and technologies as key elements in the development of visual digital cultures.

Digital Photography and Everyday Life will be of great interest to students and scholars of Photography, Contemporary Art, Visual Culture and Media Studies, as well as those studying Communication, Cultural Anthropology, and Science and Technology Studies.


– Edgar Gómez Cruz (Digital Ethnography Research Centre, RMIT Australia)
– Karin Becker (Prof. emerita, Dept of Media Studies, Stockholm University)
– Anssi Männistö (School of Communication, Media and Theatre, University of Tampere)
– Mikko Villi (Dept of Communication, University of Jyväskylä)
– Asko Lehmuskallio (School of Communication, Media and Theatre, University of Tampere)


– Welcome (Elina Heikka, Finnish Museum of Photography)
– Short introduction by editors (Edgar Gómez Cruz & Asko Lehmuskallio)
– The book within a practice theoretical paradigm in visual studies (Karin Becker)
– Discussion