Is the iPhone Good or Bad for Photography?
These days, anyone with a smart phone is an amateur photographer. Or at least they think they are. Don't get us wrong, we overuse Instagram filters as much as the next person, but we're starting to wonder how this technology is affecting one of our favorite art forms.
diloz via Flickr Is iPhone photography art?
And we're not the only ones who are curious. First Studio Gallery had a show called "iPhoneography" last month, and MonOrchid is hosting a similarly themed exhibition "Social Photography: An experiment with virtual and physical space" in December.
With the question becoming more pronounced, we figured it was time for another round of Questionable Content. So we asked some of our favorite photography buffs about how the iPhone is impacting photography as art. Whether you use your iPhone for creating art or for taking pictures of your cat, you'll want to hear what they had to say.
Things are moving awfully fast these days in the world of photography, but hasn't it always been that way?
Photography always had the reputation of the "easy medium," meaning that the entry point was fairly accessible, especially in relation to the other arts like painting, sculpture, theatre, any of the big ones really. This allowed it to be the art of the people -- something very popular, but maybe also something not taken as seriously as other arts.
And now we have this hand held device that really does all the retouching for you...these things look great, and the fact that it is always on the photographer just seems to be giving us glimpses of little moments we haven't had access to before. Undeniably fascinating.
So... now what? Like tossing a rock into a lake, you need to step back and see the ripples, see the waves, see what is hit by the water and what grows from where it all lands. Goofy metaphor, but I think it is appropriate. The camera phone is not going to go away, but it's too early to really see what it killed, and what it birthed. Right now I think we just follow it.