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| p.1 #20 · How the Cell Phone Killed Real Photography... |
There is a problem here with the definition of what "real photography" is. I'm sorry, but "real photography" has nothing to do with expensive cameras, lenses, tripods, megapixels or computationally measurable image clarity. It has to do with content, with capturing the moment, with being "there" with a camera. Whether that moment is a snapshot of great personal happiness, a sweeping landscape, or a political statement that will change the world doesn't matter - it is all "real photography". To diminish or define a photograph according to the equipment used is just snobbery.
Consider the vast majority of photos have always been personal moments captured for personal consumption. To most people this is "real photography", not Pullitzer prize winning shots of dead babies or steamy tropics in National Geographic. The cell phone acts as both camera and viewer for most, and it makes the process of capturing and sharing memories easier than ever. It's a device you carry with you anyway, it allows you see what you will get before you push the shutter button and you can share it with the world immediately without the barrier and cost of time consuming wet chemistry to overcome.
So no, i don't think the cell phone hasn't killed real photography, i think it has enabled it.