How to See the World – Nicholas Mirzoeff Introduction

Point One: Photography – The way photography has changed since the first photo was taken and the amount of photos that have been taken since then. for example “As early as 1930, an estimated one billion photographs were being taken every year worldwide. Fifty years later, it was about 25 billion a year still being taken on film. By 2012 we were taking 380 billion photographs a year, nearly all digital. One trillion photographs were taken in 2014. some 3.4 trillion photographs taken in existence in 2011.”(How to See the World – Nicholas Mirzoeff Introduction page 6)   Over the years from 1930 until now, not only has the way photographs have been taken changed, but how many photographs are taken has increased dramatically because if new technology.

Point Two: The way we See the world – The world has changed so much over time. from the quality of air, the pollution in the world and scientific knowledge. “The planet itself is changing before our eyes, In 2013, carbon dioxide passed the signature threshold of 400 parts per million in the atmosphere for the first time since the Pliocene era about 3 to 5 million years ago. Although we cannot see the gas, it has set in motion catastrophic change. With more carbon dioxide, warm air holds more water vapor. As the ice-caps melt, there is more water in the ocean. As the ocean is warm, there is more energy for a storm system to draw on to produce storm after ‘unprecedented’ storm.”( How to See the World – Nicholas Mirzoeff Introduction page 6 and 7) Pollution, especially air pollution has changed the world significantly.  As the world changes over time with new technology being made and cars burning fuels into the atmosphere it creates bad air and in some places like China, a smog covering the city.

Point Three: The way we see art – The way we see art nowadays is so different that in was in the 1990’s. “The difference between the concept of visual culture in 1990 and the one we have today is the difference between seeing something in a specific viewing space, such as a museum or cinema, and the image-dominated network society. In 1990, you had to go to a cinema to see films (except reruns on TV), to an art gallery to see art, or visit someones house to see their photographs. Now of course we do all that online and moreover, whenever we happen to choose to do so.” (How to See the World – Nicholas Mirzoeff page 12 and 13) The way art in viewed  now is generally all internet based. Even now, libraries are nowhere near as popular and they used to be because the internet is full of everything we need to know and is easier to find than reading a book is. Art Galleries are portrayed with art that is pure and visible as actual size rather than being on  tiny screen. the colors are shows so much better and the reality of the art in the image you are seeing itself is so much clearer and polished in real life. whereas in the earlier years there was no internet to find all these images. You had to go and find it yourself.


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