A visual record of history
The world Wide Web will be become a universe of images.
With the constant upload of images to personal and public websites, like Facebook and Flickr among others the Internet will be the universe greatest Recorder of history.
10 years , 100 years, 1000 years from now (that is if global warming, or President Donald Trump’s actions still haven’t ended the world) people will be able to see the world we live in today.
Photography has become a hybrid of three movements Social Documentation, Naturalistic Photography and Documentary Photography.
The Social Documentation movement had photographs serve the purpose of documenting social conditions.
In today’s world this is the type of photograph that are done by photographers, or by organizations that want to inspire change for a cause.
It was Lewis Hine’s photographs that inspired change in the child labor laws in the 1900’s.
With this type of photography there is a clear bias toward the point of view the photographer wants to show.
Websites like http://www.socialdocumentary.net/ are an example of this style of photography.
The Naturalistic Photography movement was one in which photographs should have the illusion of truth. Its was an idea introduced by Peter Henry Emerson in 1886.
Emerson believed photographs should show only what the eyes can see with no retouching.
In today’s terms that means shooting what you see. All the food photo posts that are uploaded and share would be an example of Naturalistic Photography but only if no filters are used.
That meant the photos would not be altered
The Documentary Photography has photos, in which composition not only documents but expresses the photographer’s emotions and inspire the viewer.
It is a more artistic conscious approach to photography in today’s world this is what photojournalist do.
They not only report on what they see but they do it in a way that is both true to life and artistic.
One of my favorite photographers James Nachtwey http://www.jamesnachtwey.com/ is a photojournalist that has seen and photographed war zones, 9/11, among many other events.
It is because of outstanding photographers, and the public's documentation of its daily life that photography will always exist.