Saturday, February 28, 2009

Analog Girl in a Digital World

                                 Untitled, Ruben Nusz

Went to an Aperture lecture at The New School earlier this week. The topic, The Obsolescence of the Photographic Object is one that I am forced to think about all the time. My working process hasn't changed too much since I've stocked up on Polaroids and they haven't discontinued any of my film or paper yet, but I still feel like a dying breed.
I was really shocked that in a room full of photographers and photo enthusiasts that no one stood up for the undeniable beauty of the photographic print. I may truly be an analog girl living in a digital world but its really sad to me that a great art form is being lost. Every time I hear that an art school is shutting down its traditional darkrooms I can't help but feel that it is an injustice and a great disservice to the students and to photography itself. People who can't make or never made a good print in the darkroom are making a mess with their digital output. Don't get me wrong I'm not opposed to new technology and I use it all the time. Digital cameras and output should be just another tool in the toolbox. It shouldn't replace traditional photography just because it seems cheaper and faster.

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