When did Photography get taken over by Gadget Geeks?

Started Oct 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Daguerre and Talbot where "gadget geeks".
In reply to cplunk, Oct 23, 2013

cplunk wrote:

A short study of the history of photography should show you that Daguerre and Talbot were both "nerds" playing around with chemistry and experimenting with various methods of fixing an image formed by light onto some form of glass or paper using there camera obscura.

Exactly. And if they hadn't been, the Daguerreotype might never have been invented.

But lots of photographers were also master technicians, well versed in gear, technique and processes. Ansel Adams as a master image maker, but he also wrote three books - The Camera, The The Negative, and The Print.  Nobody accused Adams of being a "gear head" or camera nerd because he was so skilled.  But part of the reason he was such a good photographer was because he had an intimate knowledge of equipment, darkroom skills, and because he was a master technician.

If find any assumptions about people's commitment to photography as an art based on a few visits to a gear forum to be inherently flawed.   There are no shortages of wonderful photography exhibitions at MOMA, the Whitney Museum, and there are probably more resources for photography in print and online now than at any time in history.

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