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My world is not very small, is the world of new generations. And I can clearly see from your words that you don't seem aware of what is already going on with the high res displays and technologies.
Common people love to hang prints because they are cheap to buy and put in the house, but LED displays are getting thinner and cheaper and Samsung just showed the paper lcd which can be bent and is super light and thin. Very much like piece of paper, in fact.
You buy it once, hang on your wall change as many pictures as you want, you buy them realtime online.
You can still frame it if you want. But at the end you have digital paper, with touch and many more options.
Once this becomes accessible nobody will buy simple prints anymore, if not fine art collectors, people who really appreciate the beauty of an image and everything what is around it, the framing, the paper etc.
Even exhibitions and galleries will probably replace paper with lcds ones now that they are becoming so high definition. The wildlife photographers of the year shows the pictures in backlit displays...
The only reason why this hasn't happened yet is that the technology is not ready. The high definition displays came out last year, and already most of the people are buying tablets, to read and do many more things at the same time. Nexus 7 sold out more than once...
Only now screens have as resolution as printed paper, and we can see that this is starting having a big impact. Is much easier to go online and buy what you need, check the sample, take it and keep it with you with no space if not the tablet itself. As said, editorial word is not going to print anymore.
Print is a cost. A nice display is much better than a print, much better contrast, much better resolution (till a certain size, obviously).
Of course right now is not like that, but I didn't say that the print IS dead, I said that it's going to last only for few specialized applications, like, maybe, fine art.
What you are sating Peter, is exactly that. Collectors and people who can afford the FINE quality of a true fine-art piece will keep doing it, but that's always the case.
But that's not where printing is strong, as everything else, masses determines technology developing, not minorities.
The editorial world, which is where printing is at its highest volume, is slowly turning into digital, it won't take much before this is completely true.
Maybe we'll take this conversation in 10 years and think at what we wrote today, who knows. Hopefully both you and I will till be printing for these good collectors, or maybe not.