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Is Our Photo-Madness Creating Mediocrity or Magic?

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Over 100 million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day. There are 3.5 billion cameraphones in use around the world. Instagram reached 13 million users in just 13 months. We are nearing the end of what Philip Gourevitch of The New Yorker called “the decade in which the world went camera-mad...the decade where everything is depicted, and every picture must be shared.”This panel will address the many ways in which the rise of mobile photography is affecting how we express our creativity, and how we connect and communicate every day. BONUS: We'll conclude with @Koci explaining how he builds his images and sharing a recipe toolkit for audience members to build their own.


Kevin Systrom Founder & CEO Instagram

Kristen Joy Watts Sr Content Strategist, Mobile & Social Platforms Group R/GA

Kristen Joy Watts is a senior content strategist in the Mobile and Social Platforms group at R/GA. She was part of the team that launched and continues to contribute. She is also the editor of The Weight of Objects, a photography portrait project.

Richard Koci Hernandez Asst Professor of New Media UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Richard Koci-Hernandez is an Emmy Award winning visual journalist who worked as a photographer at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. His work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, USA Today, The New York Times and international magazines, including Stern. Richard was the recipient of the James K. Batten Knight Ridder Excellence Award and his photography and multimedia work has won numerous awards on the national and international level, including two Emmy and Pulitzer nominations. When he's not shooting pictures on his iPhone and posting them to Instagram, he teaches new media journalism as an assistant professor at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Verna Curtis Curator of Photography in the Prints & Photographs Division at the Library of Congress Library of Congress

Verna Curtis is a Curator of Photography in the Prints & Photographs Division at the Library of Congress.

Among the awards she has received are an American Association of Museums/International Partnerships Among Museums grant to investigate F. Holland Day at the Royal Photographic Society in England and a Library of Congress grant to research photographer Arnold Genthe in California and Japan. She has organized numerous exhibitions, lectured, and published widely. Her publications include Photographic Memory: The Album in the Age of Photography (New York: Aperture Foundation, 2011).

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