Fox News has an article about Sebastian Salgado, an amazing photographer, who believes that photography is going extinct. In the article, he is said to compare new photographic techniques (Instagram like stuff) to the old, print oriented techniques (printed photo stuff). For sure, the appreciation of prints is something the Valley Photo Center supports. It’s in our DNA.
Salgado is quoted as saying, “I don’t believe photography will live more than 20 to 30 years. Photography was a memory, a reference. Today the image is a language. Instagram is something else. That’s not what I do,”. This is certainly an interesting observation. The world, however, has always changed and we’ve always been able, as a cultural force of self preservation and artistic appreciation, to adapt and extend. Maybe he’s right, but let’s hope that we prove him wrong this time.
He is also quoted as saying, “I don’t use Instagram, I don’t use anything. I don’t even know how to turn on a computer. That’s the truth. I’m 72. For my generation that’s very complicated,”. The interesting thing is that his generation, those of use 50 and above, are the ones who helped invent computers and ushered them into the day-to-day. We are more than capable of dealing with this complication.
Perhaps Salgado is one who prefers doing things his own way, but the human spirit keeps refreshing itself. And people at all ages can deal with any kind of change – embracing, adapting and improving. Maybe we’ll be lucky and photography won’t go extinct. And maybe the Instagram world will change and improve and become as enjoyable and memorable as a good print. Let’s hope we all continue to appreciate a printed photograph, hanging on a wall amidst other works of similar art, for all to enjoy, whether photography is extinct or not.