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Stephanie Pakrul 2016 / About

2004 - 06

Seeking freedom from the cord, I piece together the first cellular phone webcam. Hundreds of shots are displayed live on the web to tens of thousands of viewers.

2014 - 16

I have become an avid Instagram user. Camera quality has dramatically improved, citizen journalism punctuates the news, and taking a picture of your dinner is completely normal.

Curated from now-defunct public webcam archives and taken nearly a decade apart, these pairings of mobile photos highlight both the similarities and the growth of mobile device capture and the ever-changing web.


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Waiting for a train (Toronto GO / San Francisco BART) in both images. Face selfies are conspicuous, but pointing the camera down affords some brief entertainment.