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  • Bob_the_web_builder

    A poorly written article on the history & future of photography conveniently shifts to the future of cell phone photography and all the accessories you need to buy from ...drumroll please... A guy who runs an online shop selling amateur photography & phone photography accessories! (those links & photo in the last paragraph are to his own store.)

    You're better than this, GOOD. As a reader, I am disappointed. "Articles" like this should be correctly labeled for what they are; advertisements.

    • Woodsy Niles

      Have to agree with this. "Advertorials" should be labelled as such.

  • dave94015

    Being at the right place at the right time has it's virtue for the unique photo. I've been with digital since the first ones were introduced with memory of 128 K, etc. I now have in excess of 100K photos. Now my problem is how to find things. Any ideas?

    • Mark Salmon

      I find that making multiple folders helps best, by month and year and then in each month I do special occasions or scenes or themes. That way I can easily review previous year's pics and pick out things to revisit and create comparisons. Also worth going through the equivalent folder for Last year when creating a new month folder to delete what no longer triggers a good response. Worth being ruthless on that!!

  • Hank WSr.

    Oh, how I remember that old Kodak Instamatic 104 so well! The boxy weight of it, the feel of it, the particular smell of it: I have such sense memories surrounding that camera. At the time, in comparing it to other old family cameras - Leicas, Kodaks, etc. - it seemed so marvelously small. And the abuse that camera withstood! So unlike the clunky, plastic Polaroid that lasted maybe one year and gave us (nostalgia aside) pretty crummy photos.

    I adore my iPhone and take all my photos with it now, partly out of ease and partly because my fancier digital camera has reached the end of its life. With digital, my photos don't disappear in some drawer or just never happen because I'm minding the costs of film, developing, and number of exposures left on the roll. And I always have it with me, which is key.

    Personally, anything that will engage people to look more deeply at the world around us is indeed "good". To see the ordinary world as the extraordinary place it really is is great.

  • Þorsteinn Cameron

    Whilst I really enjoy your paragraph about photography's move from a cherished document to a casual expression of feeling and experience. It's indeed true that the average household photographer has gone from focusing on "kodak moments" such as holidays and celebratory events and started opening his eyes to the everyday life around him. However, I think it's a bit misleading to attribute this movement entirely to the rise of mobile and digital photography and not mention the rise of such personal photography within modern documentary practice. Notable on that point is Szarkowski's exhibition "New Documents" from 1967.

  • liz7

    Interesting to see the old camera tethered with a shoestring. When will phone manufacturers realize they can design these items so they aren't always slipping into the toilet?

  • John Beebe

    "Blessed" or "cursed"? Does making something easy make us more creative? I know that when I am shooting with my fancy DSLR that can snap 10 frames per second and where I can "fix" any exposure or composition issues on my computer, I need to constantly remind myself to stop, see and go slow.
    Our relationship to photography is changing. I am not yet ready to embrace it as a full blessing.

    • remo.cosentino

      The relationship is changing and it has nothing to do with creativity. First the intention is different. The phone, greatly, is an extension of the ego. More than not, it has to do with one's immediate experience that one wants to remember or memorialize. The "photographer" who believes what he does is "art", attempts to express through his images universal stories that relate to all, not the immediate few. Can the phone camera be a creative tool? Yes, in hands with a creative intent. The "blessed" is that the tool is practical; the "curse" is that it devalues photography as a form of expression. I've yet to reconcile that I can correct my digital photos, when I screwed up the exposure. As someone who has been photographing close to 60 years, I only recently embraced digital, let alone the phone camera.

    • Gigi Becker

      I snap and post pics every day - TWMP "taken with my phone" - of average, everyday things that most people walk right by. Instead of thinking of the phone/camera as something that causes me to miss the world as it goes by, I'm thinking it helps me and those that view the photos to remember to pause and see. . .