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Shared by Cathaleen Curtiss — 11 Sep 2012
The proliferation of commonplace photography - taken from mobile devices, spread via social media and stored on online libraries - is fundamentally altering how we see images and discern their quality.
Kelly Nichols said (12 Sep 2012):
The majority of photo images taken by iphones and the like are simply snapshots....not true photographs, IMHO.
Gustav Strand said (13 Sep 2012):
The tweet of this article brought me back to jpg after a fairly lengthy absence. I honestly sort of forgot I had an account here after the "Holy funding, Batman! We're broke and have to close!" events a few years ago . (Sorry. I promise I'll visit more and post some images.)
Commonplace images. Snapshots. It's a really interesting way of looking at things. Honestly, in essence, Weegee made commonplace images... even snapshots, in his time. Other names come to mind as well - Winogrand, Arbus, Eggleston, etc...
At one point in the not so distant past, I dismissed any image not created with film as unworthy. I got over it.
The "free as of this week" iPhone4 has more pure technical photographic capability than the $5,000 when it came out Nikon D1 body... I was just contemplating that fact recently: http://photoblog.gusstrand.com/iphone-4-and-4s-more-than-capable-photographic-tools/
Anyway, we may be living in the golden age of imaging just based on the volume via commoditization of imaging capability. It no longer takes years of training nor thousands of dollars of cameras and darkroom equipment to be able to create worthy images.
But I'm still waiting for the hoverboards...
Cathaleen Curtiss said (17 Sep 2012):
I am an avid supporter of iphone photos. I thinkthat like film, it can be crap. I remember when SLR's became popular, yes, I was young. But my Uncle an avid linhoff 4x5 user said "no real photographer will ever make images on a postage stamp negative" :)
Good photographers can make amazing images on almost any tool and really avearage people can make average photos on the best camera. Just a thought.
William Guth said (18 Sep 2012):
I don't think there's an issue with the proliferation of commonplace photography, but I would agree that for many it is fundamentally altering how we discern their quality. It just amazes me that with the sheer number of people taking photos on pocket sized devices, that so few actually know how to frame a decent shot, let alone how to adjust themselves or their device for the shot. Digital cameras of all shapes and sizes have settings, I just wish more people knew what they do and tried to use them. But I guess that's why they call it "Point + Shoot" as opposed to pay-attention-you-might-learn-something + Shoot.
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