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Photographs Leave Home: a Study of the Impacts of Personal Photography Online, 2004-2005

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SN: 5593
Title: Photographs Leave Home: a Study of the Impacts of Personal Photography Online, 2004-2005
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-5593-1
Depositor: Cohen, K., University of Surrey. Department of Sociology
Principal investigator(s): Cohen, K., University of Surrey. Department of Sociology
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Grant number: RES-000-22-0869
Other acknowledgements: INCITE Research Group, University of Surrey


The citation for this study is:

Cohen, K. (2007). Photographs Leave Home: a Study of the Impacts of Personal Photography Online, 2004-2005. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 5593,

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Subject Categories

Information technology - Media, communication and language


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

This qualitative dataset is a collection of 40 open-ended interviews with people who put their personal photographs online. Face-to-face interviews were conducted, through instant messaging (IM) and email. Participants maintain their photographs on photoblogs and on sites. None of them make their primary living from photography.

Personal photographs, previously analysed by sociologists in relation to class, identity, family and domesticity, have acquired new social relevance with the widespread posting of personal photographs on the world wide web, and specifically on web logs or 'blogs'. The research explores how the new presence of millions of personal photographs online is changing how people understand images and themselves through images, and conversely, how those photographs are changing the way space on the internet is understood and used. By synthesising sociological literature on photography and the internet, the research contributes to academic discourse on the sociality of photographs. By working in collaboration with designers of photographic technologies, the research expands the range of sociology and contributes to the creation of new technologies and new design processes.

Further information about the study can be found on the depositor's web site Photos Leave Home
Main Topics:
Topics covered in the interviews include the respondent's photography,
other people's photographs, photoblogs, the internet community, their own web site. Links to the photoblogs are contained within some interviews.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 01 September 2004 - 01 October 2005
Country: United Kingdom
Spatial units: No spatial unit
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Textual data
In-depth/unstructured interview transcripts
Semi-structured interview transcripts
Universe: National
Individuals in the United Kingdom who put their personal photographs on the internet between 2004 and 2005
Time dimensions: Cross-sectional (one-time) study
Sampling procedures: No information recorded
Number of units: 40 interviews
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview
Instant Messaging (IM); Email survey
Weighting: Not applicable

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 23 March 2007
Copyright: Copyright K. Cohen
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required. Available to all registered users. The depositor may be informed about usage.
Availability: UK Data Service
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By principal investigator(s):

  • Cohen, K. (2006) 'A welcome for blogs' Continuum, 20(2), June.
  • Cohen, K. (2005) 'What does the photoblog want?' Media, Culture and Society, 27(6).
  • Cohen, K. (2005) 'Better the data you know...,' in E. Harrison (ed.) Day to Day Data exhibition catalogue, Nottingham: Angel Row Gallery.

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