Nicholas MIRZOEFF, pioneer of visual culture studies, once wrote that for two decades after the 1970s, "social art history and visual culture studies worked closely together before visual culture became a separate area of study around 1990, largely due to the rise of digital media."
Digital media have also caused great changes in photography which as a significant component of contemporary art, therefore on the one hand responds to the contemporary trends and debates in arts, and on the other studies and reflects on the various uses and conceptions of photographic images in our society and history.
Furthermore, the teaching of photography at Hong Kong Art School pays special attention to academic training: although there should not be any formal rules or methods in art making, when we study art in an academy it is really our duty to investigate with academic approaches. We have on several occasions cited the 'heuristic' approach that Victor BURGIN, British scholar of photographic studies, has put forward, " ... aiming to provide students with a wide range of facts and data, as well as numerous tools for critical interpretation, in order to enhance their intellectual capacity and the development of their individual thoughts.”
圖像文化學的先驅者尼古拉斯· 米爾佐夫(Nicholas MIRZOEFF)有次寫道：自一九七零年代以來圖像文化研究都是與社會藝術歷史學緊密合作的，直到約一九九零年時主要因為數碼媒體興起，圖像文化就「不得不」成為了專門的學科。
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