Dunking CCDs into D-76 to extract images...???
Apologies I edited my previous post (although the jist is the same). I don't want to get anyone too aggravated (at least not today) so I should probably stop here and admit my failure in this thread :(. Clearly you can't get much out of a CCD by dunking it in D-76, or even Pyro.
This is becoming nonsensical.
Would HCB have used a digital camera if available in his time? Almost certainly. I prefer to use film, even in this digital age, but the image however produced and printed is what people judge. Although images produced by historic techniques still have their place in the world of art.
In Barthes's terms, I think you're saying "it's all about the studium" and neglecting the punctum. I'm not nearly as French as he was, so I just think you're giving too much weight to photos as representations of things, and not enough to photos as visual objects in their own right. (That's "too much" and "not enough" for the purposes of making generalities about the medium, rather than for your own work and enjoyment.)
On the one hand, I don't think that the ability to document Truth is a particularly important trait of a medium one way or another (outside a few specialized uses), and on the other, I don't buy Ken's conviction that the film/digital divide aligns with the presence/absence of that ability.
If this thread is anyone's substitute for kicking the dog, that would be a pretty mild kick or a pretty sensitive dog.
Ansel was interested in the future and wondered what digital versions of his images would look like and almost certainly would have used it. Whether he moved completely to it would be a very different question from HCB, I think.
Weston - somehow I doubt it but it's an academic question.