Famous photographs are kinda blurry

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Famous photographs are kinda blurry
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I was looking at a large format photography book yesterday and saw all these old images, supposedly famous(WW2, Hollywood stars, chique Paris etc). They are available online as well.

Since the book featured big prints, it was clear to see the flaws in all the images. Some were blurry, others were grainy. They weren't perfectly in focus and the perceived resolution was bad.

The question I'm asking is, is the quality of an image best perceived via the emotion it transmits to the viewer or is it a question of aesthetics? Both?

Are today's images better because the cameras are superior and are older images obsolete because the cameras used to produce them are primitive by comparison?

I am asking these questions because I have a feeling that many photographers believe that their images are only as good as the gear they are using to produce them. One guy even told me so.

The problem is, camera technology is always changing, but the images are final. Retaking a 70 year old image is not possible.

Which way is it then? Should famous old images remain famous, or are they just subpar snapshots from The Flintstones's era?

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