I would like to discuss the aesthetics of photography...

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panos_m
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Re: I would like to discuss the aesthetics of photography...
In reply to Great Bustard, 11 months ago

Great Bustard wrote:

...based on this post:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51516317

Particularly, this paragraph, and particularly the portion I highlighted in bold:

I had a recent (very successful!) gallery show of prints up to 20"x30" from the E-3. Got many comments about how "natural" the prints looked. Several people said they didn't realize at first they were photographs. They used terms such as "relaxed, smooth and inviting" to describe them. Several, including other photographers, thought they were from film, though the photographers said they were puzzled by the lack of film grain. They were surprised to hear they were digital. Several, including buyers, said they generally don't like prints from digital cameras because they are too "self-conscious" in that they have too much unnecessary detail, too obviously photographic, and too unpleasant to live with on the wall, even if initially striking.

What do people think?  It's a very interesting observation, in my opinion.

When I first read the OP an interview of French director Jean Renoir came to my mind. That is why I made earlier a comment about realism. Now that I read the other responses I don't know if it's relevant but I link it here because he had a very interesting opinion about the technical progress in art and maybe the participants here may find it thought provoking:

Jean Renoir - Parle De Son Art (part 1)

Jean Renoir - Parle De Son Art (part 2)

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