Photogrammetry as rhetoric, fiction, and relic
In this chapter I’ll be exploring the implications of recent developments in ‘photogrammetry’, a digital capture technology that allows the reconstruction of geometrical models of the world from digital images, allowing the autonomous creation of ‘photorealistic’ 3D representations of objects and landscapes from a video or set of photographs. Through an examination of the design decisions and representational aesthetic of photogrammetry, and its typical use in scientific research, I’ll show how the practice of this technology introduces an unacknowledged interpretive framing, conforming to the dominant culture embodied in Western science.
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