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Panopticon (n)

Translated as "All-seeing", Panopticon is a photographic term, first coined by UK based artist, Ruski. It is used to describe a particular style of 360° panoramic images, rendered in a stereographic projection, such that the entire scene surrounds a central vantage point.

The unique perspective generated is instantly recognisable, though can sometimes be mistaken for fish-eye images. Photographs from outside, appear like a little planet, wheras indoor scenes can be transformed with ceiling structures encircling the scene.

The term was inspired by the original use in prison design, where the cells, and the prisoners within, all surround and are visible from a single central spot.
"During the 27th Art of Norwich exhibition, Ruski coined the term "Panopticon", to describe a unique style of photography."

"Wow, look at that awesome panopticon photograph"
by Art of Norwich March 28, 2013

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