Discussion in 'Photographic Discussions' started by Destin, Nov 12, 2019.
Dry plates took the heart out of wet photography...
Ah for the days when you had to break some eggs to take photos.
If I plant them seeds, can I grow my own dry plates.
Photography will not die. Yes, believe me. Yes, I can understand that mobile phones have created some difficulties for us, but still you can see people who like professional photo shoots. Like in wedding people will choose a professional photographer for their wedding. So you don't have to worry.
My Dad was a Professional Photographer for most of his adult life.
He said virtually the same thing in the late 1960's. In his day, the "Instamatic" cameras were the bane of his existence.
He also used to say to me:
A Photograph is something you hang upon your wall, and admire.
A "Pitcher" is something you pour milk out of.
He was reacting to the living in the South of the USA...here everyone called photographs, "pitchers"..."you take pitchers" was often heard
And so it goes...
In 1900 Kodak introduced the brownie camera which opened up photography to the masses. People probably forcast the death of professional photography.
The quick answer is yes photography as we know it is dying. But photography as my grand kids know it is alive and well.
So to is ; viewing of movies, you do not need a theater; television, you do not need an antenna; listening to music, radios tapes,CDs and records are things of the past.
Technology drives invention and with it social attitudes and opinion. So, what was considered good photography in the past is now mostly passe or old school and what is fine art today will also become ho-hum some day. This does not mean it will be forgotten, it will simply be unique to the past. And yes, there will still be practitioners of the art.
Heck, I still get a kick our of popping my head under the hood and snapping off a few shots with my 1910 cut film camera. However, I do not think it is likely to replace the phone camera any time soon
Yes of course the photography that we knew for a long time is dying. Actually it is dead. Photography was once only done by professionals and now every one can afford a camera and everyone takes photo. This thing changed the industry because among all these photography the real ones got lost and we would never be able to see the difference between a real one and the common one.
This brought a chuckle, I still hear it from time to time. My dad drove me crazy by putting an extra "i" in film. Right up to the day he passed it was always "FILIM".
Gee, I was a "professional" as a teen in the early 60's and didnt know it. Seriously, you've overlooked the fact that there's still a large following of modern day photographers shooting film, and there's an even larger following shooting digital. The process and technology has evolved, but human creativity will always find a way to use it.
I don't think photography is dead, but the horse sure does seem to be.
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