From PhotoWork to PhotoUse: exploring personal digital photo activities

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    People accumulate large collections of digital photos, which they use for individual, social, and utilitarian purposes. In order to provide suitable technologies for enjoying our expanding photo collections, it is essential to understand how and to what purpose these collections are used. Contextual interviews with 12 participants in their homes explored the use of digital photos, incorporating new photo activities that are offered by new technologies. Based on the qualitative analysis of the collected data, we give an overview of current photo activities, which we term PhotoUse. We introduce a model of PhotoUse, which emphasises the purpose of photo activities rather than the tools to support them. We argue for the use of our model to design tools to support the user’s individual and social goals pertaining to PhotoUse.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)754-767
    Number of pages14
    JournalBehaviour & Information Technology
    Issue number7
    Early online date15 Feb 2017
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2017


    • Digital photography
    • PhotoUse
    • contextual interviews
    • design research
    • interaction design


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