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How the World Changed With the Mobile Telephone
May 17, 2013 from 4:00–6:00 PM

Photo by Erik Kessels

Photo by Erik Kessels

Smartphones, apps and streaming data have changed our relationship with imagery. Photographs aren’t what they used to be and the panel will discuss what this means for our understanding of the world.  Friendships, business and narrative structures are being redefined with imagery at the core of a cultural disruption.  Listen and share as the panel works through some of the implications and opportunities of the Smartphone revolution.


Federico Casalegno

Federico Casalegno, Ph.D., is the Director of the MIT Mobile Experience Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SHASS, program in Comparative Media Studies. Since 2008, he has been the director of the Green Home Alliance between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Fondazione Bruno Kessler in Italy. He has been awarded an honorary professorship by the Glasgow School of Art, University of Glasgow. A social scientist with an interest in the impact of networked digital technologies on human behavior and society, Dr. Casalegno both teaches and leads advanced research at MIT, and designs interactive media to foster connections between people, information and physical places using cutting edge information technology. He has published several scientific papers in peer reviewed journals, books and articles. For the Living Memory connected community project he was awarded the Best Concept prize by the American Leading Industrial Designers I.D. Magazine, and the Silver Prize Design Concept by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).

Peter DiCampo peterdicampo.com

Peter DiCampo is a documentary photographer and co-creator of the Everyday Africa project, a collection of daily life images from across Africa that are published on streaming platforms Instagram and Tumblr. DiCampo launched his freelance career while also serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Ghana. His work has since been published by National Geographic, TIME, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy Magazine, and many others. In 2012, he was named one of PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch and was a finalist for the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward, among numerous other awards.

Lizzie Gillett

Lizzie Gillett is the producer of the climate change blockbuster, The Age of Stupid. The film was Number One at the UK box office, and screened on TV, DVD and in cinemas around the world. On the five-year production she managed a crew of 105 people in six countries and raised one million pounds through the pioneering crowd-funding model. She now works with WITNESS, a non-profit based in New York that uses video to open the eyes of the world to human rights issues.

Steph Goralnick

Steph Goralnick is a Brooklyn-based photographer and designer who captures the mayhem of New York City and shares stories of daily life with the mobile photography community on Instagram. Her work has been published on CNN.com, PDN, Feature Shoot, TheDaily, Pictory Magazine, and JPG Magazine.


Stephen Mayes
Stephen Mayes

Stephen Mayes writes and broadcasts on the ethics and realities of photographic practice. He has worked with photography, art and journalism for 25 years as a Creative Director (SVP Content at Getty Images, Photonica, and Eyestorm.com), and as CEO (of Network Photographers London, amana New York, and the Art + Commerce Image Archive). He has curated several internationally touring exhibitions and has been secretary of World Press Photo competition since 2004. He is currently Managing Director of VII Photo.