Phillip Maisel

Phillip Maisel

Work from An Open Place.

“The title of the series refers to a quote from Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of the popular social network Facebook, who was quoted as saying “We’re going to change the world. I think we can make the world a more open place.”

Each image is a long-exposure photograph of a computer screen taken while flipping through a photo album on Facebook. More than 100 million photos are being uploaded to Facebook every day.

Amid continuing growth in popularity is growing controversy in regards to Facebook’s privacy policies. Facebook’s terms state that any user automatically grants Facebook a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any photo that is posted on or in connection with Facebook. Does the act of sharing change in the context of these terms? How does the act of reclamation fit in?

“I am interested in our reaction to this massive influx of photos and the modern experience of engaging with this technology.

I see the combination of technology and photography as playing an increasing role as a databank for our memories. At the same time, despite Facebook’s current popularity, its lasting prominence in our collective lives is uncertain. If Facebook dies, do our memories die with it?”” – Phillip Maisel

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