Monday, May 07, 2007

We all helped to speed the demise of professional photographers

by Andrew Brown @ The Guardian

Half a dozen lurid and splodgy pictures in the local paper brought home to me the death of an honourable profession this week. I took them. I am in my small way responsible for impoverishing an old friend, because he, not me, is a professional photographer, and his living has been more or less abolished by the changing world. Just as film has been replaced by digital, professionals are being replaced by amateurs. The changes are partly technological and partly economic, but the final blow to his profession has come from Flickr and similar Web 2.0 sites.

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2 comments:

JS said...

Here's the exhibition that shows it all: http://www.allphotographersnow.ch/

David Emerick said...

Interesting. Thanks for pointing that out JS. I will keep an eye on it.