[Writer and critic, lives in New York.]
On the Internet all photographs are equal: including doctored, manipulated, or constructed photographs, and those without any meaningful—or with entirely false—contexts.
[Photographer, b. 1935, Madrid, Spain, lives in Mexico City.]
I always found it rather pathetic that as a photographer I would be dependent to such a large extent on sheer luck... So the moment I was offered [digital] tools to bend the shape of the image into my choices, and not those of lady luck, I was hooked.
[Photographer, b. 1946, Vancouver, Canada, lives in Vancouver.]
Because image traffic has become so heavy and so continuous, it now seems as if these millions of images came into being by themselves, without the agency of a person.
[Photographer, b. 1945, Newport Beach, California, d. 2014, Paris.]
…the questioning of the photograph in its relation to the reality, the interrogation of representation, the famous crisis of representation, really all took place before digital technology. Digital technology, you see, is not the villain here. (1998)
[Bureaucrat, U.S. Secretary of Defense, b. 1932, Chicago, lives in St. Michaels, Maryland.]
...people are running around with digital cameras and taking these unbelievable photographs and then passing them off, against the law, to the media, to our surprise, when they had not even arrived in the Pentagon. (On photographs from Abu Ghraib prison.)
[Photohistorian, b. 1956, Australia, lives in Wellington, New Zealand.]
The main difference seems to be that, whereas photography still claims some sort of objectivity, digital imaging is an overtly fictional process. As a practice that is known to be capable of nothing but fabrication, digitization abandons even the rhetoric of truth that has been such an important part of photography’s cultural success.
[Photographer, writer, and curator, b. 1940, Maidenhead, England, d. 2009, Samara, Costa Rica.]
Photoshop makes it easier to do all the things you didn’t need to do before Photoshop.
[Artist, b. 1960, Canterbury, England, lives in Berlin.]
I don’t know if we will have the same level of longing for a digital iPhone picture as we will for a gelatin-silver print.