Alise Tifentale is an art & photography historian, writer, editor, curator, and a Ph.D. candidate in art history at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Photography: Taken, not Made


The role of photography as a document is constantly overrated. The role of camera in photography is also overrated. Yes, of course, we could agree about the indexical nature of photographic images—camera always captures whatever is before the lens. But

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The Networked Camera at Work: Why Every Self-portrait Is Not a Selfie, but Every Selfie is a Photograph


Recently an artist friend claimed in a conversation that he thinks that people, including himself, have made selfies all the time, even before the appearance of social media and smartphones. He said he used the word “selfie” just as a

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