Paul Graham offered some very interesting points during the Arnold Newman lecture and discussion on Thursday, October 1st, including a comment about digital photography noted by other respondents to the blog. I can’t help but think that the persistent debate about digital versus film has its roots in outdated notion of photography’s connection with the real and truthfulness. Within this viewpoint, film is presented as pure and real and digital as a fabricated and false. I wonder if this debate would continue if photography didn’t have such anxiety about its place in the fine arts.
Stay tuned, Paul just sent me his short essay for Yale graduate students, “Photography is Easy, Photography is Difficult,” which he mentioned during the lecture. I will post the text later this week.