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Instagram and Contemporary Image

"Instagram and Contemporary Image" (2016) is a new book by Lev Manovich.

The book methods combine traditional qualitative approaches of humanities and computational analysis of 16 millions of Instagram photos in 17 global cities carried out in Manovich's lab (Cultural Analytics Lab) since 2012.

The book parts were posted online as they were completed during 2016.

All text is available under under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Creative Commons license.

Book summary:

Millions of people around the world today use digital tools and platforms to create and share sophisticated cultural artifacts. This book focuses on one such platform: Instagram. It places Instagram image culture within a rich cultural and historical context, including history of photography, cinema, graphic design, and social media, contemporary design trends, music video, and k-pop. At the same it uses Instagram as a window into the identities of first truly global generation connected by common social media platforms, programming languages, and visual aesthetics. The book also demonstrates how humanistic close reading and computational analysis of large datasets can work together by drawing on the work in Manovich's lab with 16 million Instagram photos shared in 17 large cities worldwide since 2012.

Book  2016