I think digital C prints can be like offset litho prints where they're all the same. It all comes down to collectors and the audience being connoisseurs and educated about what type of media is the photograph is printed on and the process of creating it. I would definitely have my analog prints in a show along with digital prints. Hopefully the gallery will clearly display what type of print it is. Some viewers probably can't tell or don't care. But some will. I think there is a comparative value in such an environment. I went to a show in Chicago of the Jazz lofts by W. Eugene smith. They had beautiful prints made by Smith along with digital prints. The digital prints were awful. The digital prints gave me a greater appreciation of the hand-printed silver gelatin prints of W. Eugene Smith. I hope this show will inspire younger photographers to shoot film. I'm not making a statement that digital necessarily is bad, but I'm going to let my audience be the final judge.
I was thinking about doing the same thing, only I figured that to be ethically consistent would demand that I contact all of my previous print buyers and a few museums to see if they collected digital work, and if so, buy my prints back from them. This sounded sort of expensive and very definitely a pain in the ass, so I am just going to remain a turnip.
Forgive me as I should remain silent on this, but I don't think I've heard a more self-aggrandizing load of crap.
I'm glad you said that not me
There's something being lost in the attitude. Do we put ourselves on pedestals claiming the high ground, or do we try to re-educate, influence, enthuse from within.
We all work differently, my approach is from within. I'm working in a country where films outside C41 snapshots is largely gone, the few die hards are hard to find & my nearest LF contact is 5 hours drive
there has always been crap, even when it was being made with a plate ... now there is a little more of it.
It takes a while before some humidity in the air turns into a light drizzle, that gradually developes into a mild shower, that forms some small puddles, which join to form larger puddles, and after a while trickle away in streams too small to be called that, which run into other such trickles to form proper streams and rivulets, that join into rivers, lakes, and eventually something large enough to be called a sea.
The difference isn't that noone saw it before. It has not gone unnoticed.