This is the Future of photography - For me the Big Takeaway from 2016 is springing from this quote by Om Malik for The New Yorker, which I had highlighted in an earlier blogpost - Photography's Value Shift.
"Photography has seen the value shift from “the stand-alone individual aesthetic of the artist to the collaborative and social aesthetic of services like Facebook and Instagram. In the future, real value creation will come from stitching together photos as a fabric, extracting information and then providing that cumulative information as a totally different package."
This idea comes perfectly to life in russian photographer Egor Tvestkov's project "Your Face is Big Data" where the photographer is able to extract the identities of unknown people that he took pictures of in the subway, with the help of the free face recognition software FindFace.
Another, maybe not so clear cut example of how images (and other data) is put into a new context is the mesmerizing film "Find My Phone" where dutch filmmaker Anthony van der Meer has installed software that allowed him to remotely take pictures and record video and audio, even after his phone has gotten stolen.
To me it seems that this approach is perfect for large scale, collaborative approaches. Just like the web killed off TV and resurrected independent journalism (and created citizen journalism) this new approach could give rise to artist collectives where data analysts become photographers and vice versa.