Imprimōtype: A new experience of analogue photography through tactility, tangibility and sacrifice

by Sarah Rhonda Kong

Institution: Victoria University of Wellington
Year: 2015
Keywords: Analogue; Experience; Tactility
Record ID: 1313133
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10063/4267


This thesis began as a critical response to digital photography. It takes an in depth look at the transition of photography from analogue to digital, and the impact of this transition on the culture of photography. This design-led research features a series of experiments that cross and merge the boundaries between digital and analogue photographic processes to offer an alternate experience of photography by tangibly re-evaluating the relationship between the camera and the photograph. Finally, this thesis leads to the creation of the ‘Imprimōtype,’ (Literally ‘print type’) a sacrificial camera that provides an alternate experience of photography rich in physical tangibility, tactility, anticipation, reward and emotional connection to the resulting photograph that comes only with temporal investment and connection in the photographic process.