While giving a lecture at RIT, I told the students that the first photograph was taken approximately 1839, and in truth, nothing really changed from 1839 to 1999. Well… a few things changed; 11×14 glass plater converted to 8×10, 5×7, daguerreotype, tintypes, the advent of film the magic of color, Kodachrome, large format, to not so large, to medium, to miniature, to sub-miniature. Then one day, the great yellow father (yes that’s kodak), invented digital photography. For whatever reason, and I have no idea, I’m not sure that they believed in it. Maybe that’s the American way, invent something, and then not jump on the bandwagon. In reality, I really don’t know. A lot of people don’t realize that Eastman Kodak was founded in 1888, and the last thing I want to see is for that company to go south. Obviously, it’s been cut to the bone, which brings me to something that’s been eating away at me for the last 10 years. If you have a digital camera, why do you need a shutter…? Guess what, you don’t need a shutter. The shutter exists almost like a pacifier for the photographer, so he or she can hear it click. The shutter also exists so it can break. What happens when it breaks? You have to buy a new camera. It’s the American way, obsolescence. You have to have more mega-pixels. We all judge everything by size, the bigger the better… maybe not. I think the time will come, probably within my lifetime where the thing called a camera (which is basically a computer) probably won’t be necessary. You’ll blink, it’ll be recorded on a very shin sheet of mylar, and you can show somebody a 5×7 instantly. So George Easton, and Dr. Land, are probably rolling over in their graves.
This is Joe DiMaggio Not drinking in the afternoon… even though it sounds like I may have been drinking in the afternoon.
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