Digressões do Ether: A história da fotografia como um hiperdocumento

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For the photographic media, remediation between physical and digital archive became a monumental convergence of all sort of images, creating the possibilities to combine, reconnect and retrieve its meaning and authorship, and the resulting review of methods to analyse, read and make its historiography.

It was in this period of transition from paper to screen that was published in Portugal an History of Photography which integrates these arguments, using a combinatorial method capable of projecting its continuous update in an hypertext version. 'Hist6ria da Imagem Fotogrdfica em Portugal 1839-1997' (Sena, 1998), applies a digital image database - 'Luzitania/ether pix database' to index and link all the images printed in the book, allowing the reader to explore aesthetic, semantic, technical, geographical and political analogies between them. Upholding a multidirectional and non-linear conception of History, it proposes a rhizomatic structure that implies a method - an history of photography as an hyperdocument - allowing the reader to view, review, compare and question the sense and notion of the historical time of the photographic image.
This paper examines how digital media become an essential tool of readability and visibility of History, and how the displacement of perception provided by an hypermedia structure, reflects on dematerialization of the image, the shared notion of authorship, capable of creating a new generation of readers that think towards trajectories formed by the modern media of communication - from press to photography, from cinema to television -to the hypermodern media of computation.

Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)64-83
Number of pages20
JournalRevelar: Revista de Estudos da Fotografia e Imagem
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Fotografia
  • história
  • media
  • hiprmédia
  • imagem
  • photography
  • history
  • hypermedia
  • image

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