Mapping Post-Photography 21.09. – 02.12.2018 | Fotomuseum Winterthur


Conceptual and methodological resources from the interdisciplinary fields of media studies and visual and digital culture provide exciting approaches to contemporary photographic practices. Simultaneously they offer the opportunity to rethink the established theories and histories of photographic media by circumventing the impasse of a medium-specific approach. Frameworks like Jonathan Beller’s “programmable image”, Jodi Dean’s “images without viewers” or Hito Steyerl’s “poor image” – some of them featured on Fotomuseum’s blog Still Searching… –, can help us navigate through the networks and nodes of 21st century photography and its expansive technological, social, cultural, and political complexities.


Geoffrey Batchen, “On Post-Photography”, in Afterimage 20, 3, 1992, 17.

Geoffrey Batchen, “Post-Photography”, in Each Wild Idea. Writing Photography History, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2001, 108–127.

Jonathan Beller, “The Programmable Image of Capital: M-I-C-I’-M’ and the World Computer”, in Postmodern Cultures 26, 2, 2016,

Jonathan Beller, “The Programmable Image”, in Still Searching..., Fotomuseum Winterthur, 1 May–15 July 2017,

Jay David Bolter & Richard Grusin, Remediation. Understanding New Media, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1999.

Jodi Dean, “Images without Viewers”, in Still Searching…, Fotomuseum Winterthur, 5 January–29 February 2016,

Harun Farocki, Eye/Machine III, 2003.

Vilém Flusser, “The Technical Image”, in Vilém Flusser, Towards a Philosophy of Photography, ed. Derek Bennett, Goettingen: European Photography, 1984 [1983].

Vilém Flusser, Into the Universe of Technical Images, transl. by Nancy Ann Roth, Minneapolis, London: University of Minnesota Press, 2011 [1985].

Joan Fontcuberta, “The Post-Photographic Condition”, in The Post-Photographic Condition, ed. Joan Fontcuberta, Montréal, Berlin: Kerber, 2015, 10–15.

Winfried Gerling, “Photography in the Digital. Screenshot and In-Game Photography”, in Photographies 11, 2–3, 2018, 149–167.

André Gunthert, L’image conversationnelle, in études photographiques 2014,

André Gunthert, L’image partagée. La photographie numérique, Paris: Textuel, 2015.

Wolfgang Hagen, Neudasein. Zur sozialen Epistemologie digitaler Fotografie, Berlin: Kulturverlag Kadmos Verlag, forthcoming 2019.

Michelle Henning, Photography. The Unfettered Image, London: Routledge, 2018.

Ingrid Hoelzl & Rémi Marie, Softimage. Towards a New Theory of the Digital Image, Bristol, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.

Ingrid Hoelzl & Rémi Marie, “From Kino-Eye to Postimage”, in Still Searching..., Fotomuseum Winterthur, 26 April 2016,

Ingrid Hoelzl & Rémi Marie, “From Softimage to Postimage”, in Leonardo 50, 1, 2017, 72–73.

Susanne Holschbach, “Das verteilte Bild. Erscheinungsweisen und Performanzen digitaler Fotografie”, in Fotografisches Handeln, ed. Ilka Becker et al., Weimar: Jonas 2016, 110–130.

Susanne Holschbach, “Continuities and Differences between Photographic and Post-Photographic”, in Media Art Net,

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William J. Mitchell, The Reconfigured Eye. Visual Truth in the Post-Photographic Era, London: MIT Press, 1992.

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Andreia Alves de Oliveira, “Post-Photography, or Are We past Photography?”, in Post-Screen. Intermittence + Interference, 2016, 68–75.

Peter Osborne, “Infinite Exchange. The Social Ontology of the Photographic Image”, in Philosophy of Photography 1, 2010, 59–68.

Peter Osborne, “The Distributed Image”, in Texte zur Kunst 99, 2015, 74–87.

Trevor Paglen, “Seeing Machines”, in Still Searching..., Fotomuseum Winterthur, 13 March 2014,

Trevor Paglen, „Operational Images“, in e-flux journal 59, 2014,

Trevor Paglen, “Invisible Images (Your Pictures Are Looking at You”, in The New Inquiry, 8 December 2016,

Daniel Rubinstein & Katrina Sluis, “A Life More Photographic. Mapping the Networked Image”, in Photographies 1,1, Routledge, 2008, 9–28.

Daniel Rubinstein & Katrina Sluis, “The Digital Image in Photographic Culture. Algorithmic Photography and the Crisis of Representation”, in The Photographic Image in Digital Culture, ed. Martin Lister, London: Routledge, 2013, 22–40.

Daniel Rubinstein, “Posthuman Photography”, in The Evolution of the Image. Political Action and the Digital Self, eds. Marco Bohr & Basia Sliwinska, New York: Routledge, 2018, 100–112.

Daniel Rubinstein & Katrina Sluis, “Notes on the Margins of Metadata; Concerning the Undecidability of the Digital Image”, in Photographies 6, 1, 2013, 151–158.

Hito Steyerl, “In Defense of the Poor Image”, in e-flux journal 10, 11, 2009,

Hito Steyerl, “The Spam of the Earth: Withdrawal from Representation”, in e-flux journal 32, 2, 2012,

Peter Weibel, “On the History and Aesthetics of the Digital Image”, in Ars Electronica, exh.-cat., 1984,

Joanna Zylinska, “The Creative Power of Nonhuman Photography”, in Photographic Powers, eds. Mika Elo & Marko Karo, Helsinki: Aalto ARTS, 2015,