What is a photograph?

Mark Original Auto Color_196412Photographs are those things we used to buy before we had digital cameras.

I heard this definition at a recent conference on inkjet printing that I attended. I like it because there is a certain truth to this definition. I have a hard time calling a temporary image stored on a digital camera or cell phone a photograph. Somehow, a photograph sounds permanent and much of the time that is now not the case. This definition also highlights the change in imaging technology that continues to take place, with film sales declining to less than 10% of their peak sales.

Along the same line, it is certainly possible that my kids will define a photograph as those things that mom and dad put in scrapbooks before they had us. After all, they really don’t know what a non-digital camera is.


About Mark Mizen

At Creative Memories, I evaluate photographic products and related materials so that today's memories are not lost to the future and then communicate this information to Creative Memories Consultants and their customers. My interests extend from preservation of traditional photographs to the production of photo books to the expected longevity of electronic image files. My long-term objective is to direct the development of technology that meets consumers needs for high-quality products.
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