On Attitudes, Arrogance, and Choice in Photography
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On Attitudes, Arrogance, and Choice in Photography

Whenever PetaPixel has published an article about chemical photography in recent months, it has been met with a plethora of malicious, if not even downright hateful, comments. They’re left by photographers who claim that only they may decide on how other photographers, their colleagues, or even hobbyists who simply enjoy photography for what it is may pursue photography as their passion or job. It might be difficult to conclude that the photographic community is divided based on empirical data, but many perceive it that way and it gets obvious if you read comments that express the wish for chemical photography to vanish completely. Or comments that get personal by wishing me “to run out of film soon, so I can get into photography.” Whenever I read such comments, I think about the arrogance and attitude behind them. What right does a photographer have to tell another photographer how to do his or her job? None. That’s for sure, except when one is employed by the other, of course. But that doesn’t answer the question of why many still think they may tell others what to do and what not to do with their work, with their creativity, with their […]

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