Until mid-July, Jacob Gaboury’s blog series will engage the screenshot as a contemporary photographic object and vernacular practice for the documentation and preservation of computational interaction. Screenshots are one of the most pervasive forms of computational photography today, but their application is wildly variable and largely dependent on the cultures of use in which they are situated. To understand the screenshot as a unified technique for the mediation of computational systems, this series traces the multiple and competing histories of the screenshot and its evolution alongside the graphical computer throughout the 20th century. Ultimately these posts examine the screenshot as a window into the mundane and vernacular cultures of everyday computing.
Jacob Gaboury is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Media and the Berkeley Center for New Media at the University of California, Berkeley. His forthcoming book is titled Image Objects (MIT Press), which traces a material history of early computer graphics told through a set of five objects that structure the production and circulation of all digital images today.