The invention of polaroid cameras in the 1960s allowed true amateurs to produce pornographic photography immediately and without the need for sending them out for processing, which may have made them subject to local obscenity laws. However the biggest spurt to amateur pornographic photography came with the advent of the internet, digital cameras, and more recently camera phones. These have enabled people to take private photos and which have also allowed images to be shared instantly, without the need for expensive distribution, and this has resulted in an ever growing variety and quantity of material. It has also been argued that in the Internet age it has become more socially acceptable to make and view amateur porn. Photo sharing sites such as Flickr and social networking sites such as MySpace have been used to share amateur pornographic photographs - usually nudes but also hardcore photos. A more private and easy to control method of sharing photos is through Yahoo Groups or Google Groups which have access restricted to group members.
Recently it has come to attention the potential danger to teenagers or children, who may be unaware of the consequences, using their Camera phones to make videos and images which are then shared amongst their friends (see Sexting). Images initially meant to be shared between couples can now be spread around the world. The result is now a small but growing amount of online amateur porn depicting underage models, created by the young people themselves.
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Famous quotes containing the word photographs:
“All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget. In thisas in other waysthey are the opposite of paintings. Paintings record what the painter remembers. Because each one of us forgets different things, a photo more than a painting may change its meaning according to who is looking at it.”
—John Berger (b. 1926)
“A way of certifying experience, taking photographs is also a way of refusing itby limiting experience to a search for the photogenic, by converting experience into an image, a souvenir. Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs.”
—Susan Sontag (b. 1933)
“As photographs give people an imaginary possession of a past that is unreal, they also help people to take possession of space in which they are insecure.”
—Susan Sontag (b. 1933)