DISMAL DIGITAL

Sunday, Dec 11th, 2005 in The IPWS Blog by Tom Lawlor | 2 Comments

Sunday Times Arts Editor Richard Brooks reports that one of Britain’s most famous photographers Terry O’Neill has taken a swipe at the state of his profession, blaming digital cameras for distroying much of the art of portrait photography. “I refuse to use it,” he said, “It’s going to ruin photography. The problem with it is that the picture taker keeps on looking at what he’s just done rather than look at the subject. These days the modern technology means you also don’t have to be a real photographer. The eye and the feel of the stills photographer have gone.” In February more than 100 of O’Neill’s portraits will go on sale in the Chris Beetles gallery in London’s Mayfair.

2 Comments:

  1. Posted January 5, 2006 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    I use digital and film together on some jobs. I find that the digital equipment helps me to develop and execute ideas as part of the workflow of the whole session. For some of the work it helps to show the subject what you are doing, thus they can give better input and feel more comfortable with the whole picture taking session. I use available light in my portraiture the versatility of digital in this, is way ahead of film.

  2. Posted January 5, 2006 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    I use digital and film together on some jobs. I find that the digital equipment helps me to develop and execute ideas as part of the workflow of the whole session. For some of the work it helps to show the subject what you are doing, thus they can give better input and feel more comfortable with the whole picture taking session. I use available light in my portraiture the versatility of digital in this, is way ahead of film.

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