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Understanding Photowork

David S. Kirk, Abigail J. Sellen, Carsten Rother, and Kenneth R. Wood


In this paper we introduce the notion of “photowork” as the activities people perform with their digital photos after capture but prior to end use such as sharing. Surprisingly, these processes of reviewing, downloading, organizing, editing, sorting and filing have received little attention in the literature yet they form the context for a large amount of the ‘search’ and ‘browse’ activities so commonly referred to in studies of digital photo software. Through a deeper understanding of photowork using field observation and interviews, we seek to highlight its significance as an interaction practice. At the same time, we discover how “search” as it is usually defined may have much less relevance than new ways of browsing for the design of new digital photo tools, in particular, browsing in support of the photowork activities we describe.


Publication typeInproceedings
Published inProceedings of CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc.
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