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CA Position: Pamela Chen on Technology that Controls our Shared Visual Experiences

Lecture 23.03.21

Online CA Position

Tuesday 23.03.21, 16.00 – 17.30
Lecture in English

BA Visual Communication – Camera Arts
Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – School of Art and Design

For external participants, please request the access link via Daria Rüttimann.

The Technology that Controls our Shared Visual Experiences

Pamela Chen
Research affiliate at the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University as well as working for Apple


Innovations in tech have dramatically reshaped the creator’s experience in visual storytelling within the past ten years. Drawing upon her work supporting era-defining cultural moments at National Geographic and Instagram, Pamela Chen seeks to improve the technologies that control our shared visual experiences.


Pamela Chen
Photo editor and technology researcher

Pamela is dedicated to improving the technology that controls our shared visual experiences—how we see, and feel seen. She draws upon her own journey as an Emmy Award-winning editor, photojournalist and creative director who has supported era-defining cultural moments at Instagram and National Geographic.

She was one of the first 60 employees at Instagram, and has the unique distinction of running the world’s two largest organizational social media accounts between 2012-2018, during a pivotal time when platforms scaled from human-powered content discovery to algorithmic content personalization. As 2020 Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence and JSK Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, she sought to better understand the impacts of algorithmic recommender systems on creators and visual storytelling.

Today, Pamela remains an affiliate fellow at Stanford University’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (Stanford HAI). She serves on the board of the Magnum Foundation and as an advisor for non-profit initiatives in photography, social design and young artist development.

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