Monday, October 24, 2005

The 'P' word

From a recent article by Shamik Bag from Kokata Newsline ....

"Photoshop, the photo imaging software, which has positioned the same art of photography artistically opposite what the French master Henri Cartier-Bresson famously defined as capturing “the decisive moment”, and which together with the digital format is radically democratizing click art for the masses, is today both the hero and the villain in the frame."

"As far as I’m concerned, as long as the creative aspect is present in the frame I don’t really care about how it is done." - Atul Kasbekar, photographer.

"It’s ideal for those who don’t have the talent, yet want to become photo artists, and worldwide digital art is yet to make an impact. I think it’s the National Geographic model, where manipulation is a no(t) allowed, which will ultimately survive. Everything else, including Photoshop and the accompanying hype around it, will be discarded ..." - Atanu Paul, Third Eye, a phography school in Kolkata.

My thoughts ...

A hundred years ago the Kodak Brownie camera was "democratizing click art for the masses".

It is the pixel based screen dispaly that is the great democratizer. All images on the screen are made of the same substance which allows the image's aesthetic to stand for itself without relying on an underlying object.

Both traditional and digital tools will survive and be used creatively. It will never be one or the other.

What do you think?

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Anonymous Ian said...

As you might guess I'm with you on this one Ron. However I thought the most telling quote in the article was this one:

“All those who say that Photoshop distorts the tone of photography, especially black and white photography, have been lazy with the software,” says photographer Prabuddha Dasgupta.

7:33 AM  
Blogger J. said...

Personally, I think a lot of people who deride Photoshop are people who don't know how to use it.

My concern is the end product. I don't care how you get there.

Which reminds me of a quote from the animated show Futurama where Bender the Robot speaks to God:

God: Bender, being God isn't easy. If you do too much, people get dependent on you. And if you do nothing, they lose hope. You have to use a light touch, like a safecracker or a pickpocket.

Bender: Or a guy who burns down a bar for the insurance money.

God: Yes, if he makes it look like an electrical thing. If you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.

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Same with Photoshop... If you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all.

5:01 PM  

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