We often find (or occasionally invent) words which explain concepts more clearly, or describe new phenomena. We also frequently return to certain articles which we feel are particularly insightful about changes in photography or visual culture. Here you can find a constantly-updated list of terms and links, which we try to highlight and crosslink when they appear elsewhere on the site.
The layer of meaning brought to an image by its viewer and the circumstances of their viewing. Especially relevant with mobile, algorithmically-curated image feeds. Source: The Networked Audience
A thing that refers directly to another. In the photographic realm this term gets used a lot in distinguishing between photographs (which have an indexical relationship to observed reality) and images (which include AI illustrations, paintings, drawings and collages, and which are not directly indexical)