Photogenic Cities

Have you ever wondered how photogenic your city is?  Eric Fischer created a series of maps, ordered by the number of pictures taken in the central cluster of each city.  He use  geotagged photo information from public Flickr and Picasa folders to create these maps. Here are his top five cities:

1. New York City

2. London

3. Paris

4. San Francisco

5. Berlin

The complete set ranks 100 cities across the world.  Fischer does offer one disclaimer to his ranking system though:

This is a little unfair to aggressively polycentric cities like Tokyo and Los Angeles, which probably get lower placement than they really deserve because there are gaps where no one took any pictures.

Besides considering the general urban form of polycentric cities shaping where we take pictures, it is also very interesting to note that the top tweleve cities are all in North America and Europe, with Hong Kong appearing at #13.  Leading me to wonder how would these rankings look if data from popular photo sharing websites in Asia was also included in Fischer’s maps?

– Melissa


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