What does the future hold for digital and analog photography?
The general public who is interested in learning more about what will happen to photographic technology in the short, medium, and long run.
In the 1980s a change began in photography: the advent of digital technology. In the 1990s this type of photography became increasingly ubiquitous and began to displace analog photography. By the early twenty-first century, digital photography dominated the scene. Although analog photography is still done, very few people continue to use it.
In all corners of the planet we visited, we found evidence that digital photography is the dominant medium at the moment. I wonder where all the film cameras ended up. I didn’t see more than ten of them during the entire trip, but I did see thousands of tourists everywhere around the world with digital cameras.
In Finland, home to the leading manufacturer of cell phones in the world, NOKIA, we discovered an amazing fact. Guess who sold more cameras on its cell phones last year than all the combined sales of normal digital cameras and film cameras? That is indeed a change in the world.
Kodak used to be the most important photographic company of the world. Nowadays, Kodak is worth about 7 billion dollars. Apple was barely a garage project in 1975 and now is worth 70 billion, ten times more [than Kodak]. This is an example of how things can happen that we never even imagined. The Google corporation, just founded in1996, is now worth 152 billion dollars. Twenty-two times more than what Kodak is worth at this moment (December 2006) Editorial #76.
So what’s next?
How many pixels will cameras eventually have or will there be a change in imaging technology? What will happen to printers and paper, and forms of storage and renovation of archives?
Film will disappear . . . what will happen when Kodak, Fuji, Ilford stop making analog materials?
The objective is to have an overview of what has happened in the last three decades, what is happening now, and to examine the direction where photography is headed.
Profile or Panel Members:
One or more artists.
Museum director or assistant director.
Note: The panel may consist of all of the above members or just some of them.
A video projector and a computer with Internet access if necessary.