Lorenz Widmaier

Host Institution

Areas of Research

Work Package 2 “Connectivities built by people and groups”
PhD Project 5


Sharing vs. collecting? Perceptions of photographs online (working title)


The project will develop an understanding of current practices of online photo sharing by investigating people’s perceptions, attitudes, and expectations and their engagement with different Internet platforms. The emphasis is placed on why, how, where and with whom people share photographs and the functions of everyday photography. This project creates knowledge about the perceptions, attitudes, and expectations of online contributors of photography and point towards ways that users can be encouraged to contribute in a meaningful manner to collective online repositories of free-use images.




Academic Qualifications

Oct 2018
PhD Candidate at the Department of Multimedia and Graphic Arts of the Cyprus University of Technology

Master of Arts in Photography and Urban Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom

Bachelor in Communication and Cultural Management, Zeppelin University, Germany

Work Experience

Lecturer at University of Hamburg, Germany

Founding and leading a full-service digital agency

Interest and Expertise

  • (visual) sociology
  • internet studies
  • photography
  • urban (sub)cultures.


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Coordination and Project Management

University of Hamburg
c/o: Institute of European Ethnology/Cultural Anthropology
Grindelallee 46 | 20146 Hamburg | Germany

+49 (0)40 42838-9940

POEM Uni Hamburg

Concepts, strategies and media infrastructures for envisioning socially inclusive potential futures of European Societies through culture.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 764859.