In the year 2000, the world tasted the future in the form of the first camera phone. The Sharp J-SH04 could take and send photographs at a resolution of 0.11 megapixels. It cost $500, had a little mirror for framing selfies, and was available only in Japan. 

 

Two decades on and more than half of us own a smartphone. We are constantly connected, and communicating through photographs more than ever. 

 

Our compulsion to share images online has reshaped communities and created billionaires. Video clips spark global protests. Memes undermine democracy. Influencers promote fake festivals, and parish council meetings make national news. Meanwhile, Google is photographing the entire planet. Algorithms sort images into sources of proof or doubt. Computers take photographs of people who have never existed.

 

screentime is a new magazine about the role of images in our increasingly online world. We investigate how networked photography intersects with society, culture, economics, politics and everything in between. We’re here to crack open black boxes, ponder upon feeds and trace the stories behind our clicks, posts and shares. 

 

Our print magazine takes the conversation offline. We publish essays, conversations and features, looking closer at how our lives are shaped by the photographs we see through screens.

A print magazine about photography and the internet

screentime is a volunteer-run magazine based in London.  

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issue 01 launching July 2021 | join our mailing list for updates