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02 July 2018

Japanese Translation of “Instagram and Contemporary Image” by Lev Manovich

  • Top: Cover of the Japanese translation of Instagram and Contemporary Image by Lev Manovich (2018). Bottom: Book pages showing selected Instagram images from a number of users from Asia and Eastern Europe.

The Japanese translation of Instagram and Contemporary Image, a 2017 book by Lev Manovich.

The Japanese book also inclides contributions by nine Japanese authors.

Publisher: BNN, Tokyo. Date of publication: June 26, 2018. 376 pages. ISBN 978-4-8025-1101-8.

Other authors whose contributions are included in the edition are:

  • Kiritorimederu
  • Akihiro Kubota
  • Yoshiaki Kai
  • Kouichiro Shibao
  • Junya Tsutsui
  • Kosuke Nagata
  • Barbora
  • Osamu Maekawa
  • Nobuhiro Masuda

More information about the book in Japanese on the publisher’s website: http://www.bnn.co.jp/books/9316/

More about Instagram and Contemporary Image

Instagram and Contemporary Image by Lev Manovich is the first in-depth study of Instagram that combines methods from art history, media studies, and data science, and draws on computational analysis of 16 million Instagram photos shared in 17 global cities since 2012. The data collection and analysis were performed in Manovich's Cultural Analytics Lab in the Qualcomm Institute (UCSD Division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology).

Millions of people around the world today use digital tools and platforms to create and share sophisticated cultural artifacts. This book focuses on one such platform: Instagram. It places Instagram image culture within a rich cultural and historical context, including history of photography, cinema, graphic design, and social media, contemporary design trends, music video, and k-pop. At the same it uses Instagram as a window into the identities of first truly global generation connected by common social media platforms, programming languages, and visual aesthetics.

Full text of the book in English is available as free PDF: http://manovich.net/index.php/projects/instagram-and-contemporary-image .

The book was published under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Creative Commons license.