I insisted from the beginning we should use some other word for digital, like maybe the original "imaging." I got into a weird exchange on LFPF about that where someone basically dared me to contact some war (digital) photographer and tell him he wasn't a real photographer, which of course is not what I ever meant or implied. I didn't mean he wasn't "real" or his work wasn't valuable or legitimate. I meant that it was inherently something else.
Others point out that photography means something like "painting with light" and you're still doing that. Yeahyeah, but it's still something else - not necessarily worse but different.
I seem to be a voice in the wilderness aside from maybe here on APUG though. ;)
And to 95% of amateur photographers it DID replace analog.
It wasn't hijacked by marketers, the marketers worked for the companies that invented/developed the medium.
And it did replace analog for very good reasons, or all these pros would not be using it. They weren't sold a bill of goods, the advantages were and are very real.
Now you can argue that it's for better or for worse but nobody was hoodwinked into this conversion. I converted very late in the game for the main reason I wasn't convinced yet that the materials were archival, now I am.
And nobody is denying its not a cash cow for corporations but if the benefits were not there, the conversion would not have followed.
I know, everyone has a story of someone who "went back" but one in a million is not a trend, it's just a personal choice.
I'm just saying that the two media are sufficiently different they should be CALLED different arts, just as painting is not the same as sculpture, though a better analogy might be watercolors versus oils or such - both are painting but they are definitely not the same art form.
The insipid giclee floated around for a while, not sure if its still here or not, but galleries used to specify silver halide vs giclee or platinum. But I agree different terminology could be helpful.
I still say I'm going for a jacuzzi, and someone else will say you mean go sit in the hot tub, and someone will correct them and say no a hot tub was that round wooden barrel thing. You mean you're going to sit in your spa. And I say no, a spa is where women go when their husbands go golfing ........whatever.
I'll be in the water trough thing with the bubbles.
Yeah, giclee is still around. My art loving wife asked me what it meant and I think was a little disappointed when I explained it was just high-brow speak for "ink jet."
Not that ink jet prints can't be really good - I've seen some - but it's still an ink jet. Dressing it up in pretentious French doesn't change anything but make the one doing the labeling look pretentious if not downright silly, IMHO.