• FA-112050 © Technisches Museum Wien, Photo: Peter Sedlaczek
Collection Area
Information & Communication
Photograph and Film
medien.welten (media.worlds)
1990 - 1999

ActionCam Digital camera

Agfa AG, Leverkusen 1995


Digital images

Digital images, which are composed of thousands of pixels, can be edited in any way. On this basis, the new art form of computer graphics is born in the 1980s.

Unlike photographs, digital images are immaterial. They never grow old and can be copied on the PC or to other storage medium without any loss of quality. Digital images are composed of positioning points (pixels), which are defined by a coordinate system. Each pixel contains information about its position, luminosity and colour value. The digital image consists of a large number of such defined points. With the aid of computer programs, the pixel values can be changed in any way. Special graphic computers have a correspondingly high storage capacity for creating magazine layouts or large posters.

In the 1980s, Wladimir Narbutt-Lieven, a photographer from Vienna, starts to post-process photographs in an abstract way using a computer. In this way, he becomes a pioneer for the new computer graphics art form. In the 1990s, private users have the possibility to digitalise images using a scanner or take pictures with a digital camera and then process them on the PC.

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