Object Five

“Photography’s central role is to be the absolute medium of the day. It is fantastic that there is no longer any technical intimidation. When I first started learning how to take photographs, you had to spend the first six months figuring out what an f-stop was. Now you just go and take pictures. Nobody thinks about technical issues anymore because cameras or camera phones take care of that automatically. On the other hand, you still have the option of controlling every technical aspect. It’s the most accessible, democratic medium available in the world. This has to be celebrated, and we must continually remind photographers of this.” Martin Parr, taken from an interview with EXTRA Magazine

In relation to Sylvia Wolf’s quote about the digitalisation of photography, I found this quote from an interview with Martin Parr refreshing.  All these changes in photography should be embraced and could just be encouraging us to view photography in a new way. Does it really matter if anyone can take a photo? Does it matter if an image isn’t particularly amazing? Images have value for the people who make them-their relative merit depend on what they are trying to express. This process has been greatly enhanced with the adoption of digital processes, which allows for the ability to bypass the traditional restricted editorial processes. I agree with Parr, it’s a positive nobody has to think about the technical issues before taking a photo, now it’s effortless. The only thing that worries me is what if anyone could be considered a photographer due to this open access to take photographs? What is photography isn’t considered a skill anymore because old techniques are not needed?

Full Martin Parr Interview with EXTRA Magazine

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