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With the introduction of photography and photomechanical printing processes in the 19th century, the first age of machine pictures and reproductions emerged. The 20th century introduced computer image processing systems, creating a digital imaging revolution. Rather than concentrating on the adversarial aspects of the computer's influence on photography, the electronic revolution can be viewed as offering alternatives that were not previously available. The discussion of photography and electronic imaging addresses the following issues: repercussions for current media; deconstruction and alteration of images; transformation and the erasure of the distinction between the actual and represented world; differentiation between computer-processed images and photographs, and the possibility of hybridization between traditional and technological technologies; the challenge that the further diminishment of differentiation between unique originals and multiples means for the traditional control of replication, distribution, and concepts of value; and velocity of image capture and increased availability to the public. Digital imaging offers potential for new constructs, will permanently transform visual arts and extend our notion of art, and necessitates new ways of perceiving, knowing, and judging art. The digital revolution offers empowerment and opportunity, as well as new problems such as ethics and copyright. (MAS)

Descriptors: Art, Computer Assisted Design, Computer Graphics, Graphic Arts, Imagery, Photography, Reprography, Visual Arts

Author: Witte, Mary Stieglitz


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