I spent one day at Photo LA 2008 last weekend and I was immersed in a vast array of spectacular “printed” photographs. Close to 100 galleries exhibiting side by side contemporary photography with work of the masters. I had the opportunity to see prints of images that I remembered from photographer’s websites. I though I had seen the images before, but I was wrong. I hadn’t.
If you ever think that you have experienced an image by looking at it using the LCD of a computer, it is just because you forgot what it is to look at a master print. You have seen only a possibility, but you have not experienced the performance.
Photo LA 2008 reminded me something obvious but easy to forget in this computerized times: the print is the photograph. The rest is just a possibility.
I came across this short video from film director David Lynch. This is his message to people who watch movies on their iPods and cell phones. The same applies to all of us looking at images on LCDs resized to fit 600-800 pixels at 72 ppi.
Get real! … don’t you think?
In the comments section, “ahob” [don’t know the real name] points to a recent post by photographer Mark Hobson, over at excellent blog “The Landscapist“, where he addresses this topic from his own personal work.