Pretty Much Pop #61: Philosophy of Photography w/ Amir Zaki

Amir the photographic artist and UC-Riverside prof joins Mark, Erica, and Brian to consider this common act that can stretch from the mundane to the sublime. How have our various purposes for photography changed with the advent of digital technology, the introduction of social media, and the ready access to video? What determines what we choose to take pictures of, and how does taking photography more seriously change the way we experience? We touch on iconic and idealized images, capturing the specific vs. the universal, witnessing vs. intervening via photography, and more.

See Amir’s work at His recent book is California Concrete: A Landscape of Skateparks, which was the subject of a short film. Follow him on Instagram @amir_zaki_.

A few of the articles we looked at to prepare included:

This episode includes bonus discussion that you can hear now by supporting the podcast at This podcast is part of the Partially Examined Life podcast network and is curated by openculture.comHear Amir’s appearance on The Partially Examined Life.

Amir could totally drop in but chooses to bear witness instead.

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