Print is dead!

Started Jul 20, 2014 | Discussions thread
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soloryb Senior Member • Posts: 2,195
Re: Wrong!

Kaj E wrote:

manhattan wrote:

With the exception of wedding, commercial and senior portraits I think with the exception of the occasional photograph that print is dead. People are much more interested in simply sharing for a moment on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. They are not interested in the extreme quality that a D810/5D can produce as long as the photo captures them in an exceptional location, pose or group setting. There are exceptions of course, but really makes you wonder what the future of photography is? We already have seen phones basically destroy the low end point and shoot market. People are happy with less and showing they are simply not interested in paying for more.

I have been thinking about upgrading to a new D810 for several reasons, but wonder if the only person who will really appreciate any improvements will be me. I seriously don't think others will either notice or appreciate.

Maybe this is our "CD Moment"? Just like when the obvious quality in vinyl records was replaced by cheap and inferior sounding CDs. Digital makes it easy, light, portable and shareable. Hmmm.

You could not be more wrong. True photography still flourishes in prints and always will. Only the print can truly express what the photographer intended. Some sort of print will always be what is shown in galleries and sold as art. Only in the print can the colors and tones and detail be expressed as the photographer intended and exactly the size that was intended.

The snapshots with inaccurate color and tone shared on digital media fulfill a social function but do not reach the artistic merits of a great print.

I have never seen an image truly come to life like it does in a great print. Look close at original prints by the photography masters and you will understand. For instance original prints by Karsh of Churchill and Shaw will take your breath away.

I couldn't agree with you more Kaj E.

The other day I was looking at one of my prints that's been hanging on a wall for a few months (actually I have these things all over my house) and realized just how often I walk past that image and look at it. I enjoy it over and over again. If I tire of looking at it, I'll just rotate it out with another print I've made. I also print large books of photos and periodically look at them and remember when the shots were taken and what the circumstances were; enjoying the moments again.

To me the photographic print is an art form and - when done right - can look truly spectacular.

BTW: Message to the OP: I recently read that vinyl records are making a comeback:-O


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