Quote Originally Posted by Roger Cole View Post
A lot of confusion might have been avoided if digital had continued to be called "imaging" or some similar term versus traditional "photography." That wouldn't invalidate the former, but it would help demarcate them a bit better. One art is distinguished from another by process, not artifact. Otherwise, "photo-realistic painting" would be the same art as photography, and it clearly isn't.
Webster ( http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/photography ) defines photography as: "the art or process of producing images by the action of radiant energy and especially light on a sensitive surface (as film or a CCD chip)". This encompasses lots of different light sensitive media possibilities but DOESN"T encompass 'photo-realistic painting'.