Scopic regimes of modernity generally refer to a systematic mode of influence and implies a conformity of thinking and behaviour. With scopic meaning ‘visual’ and regime meaning a ‘dominant system of doing things’, all scopic regimes are associated with visual representation. The concept of a scopic regime was introduced in the early 1980s by film theorist, Christian Metz as he explained it by discussing how the experience of theatre and the experience of film is different. The two most predominant scopic regimes commonly known include and photography and television.
Following the invention in 1800 by Thomas Wedgwood and the first attempts of photoetching in the 1820s, photography soon became a vastly known scopic regime in its peak of popularity