You got that right, Tkamiya. These arguments are the life and blood of internet forums but reality is much different. The value is in the image and the print. It may be from film, digital, but printed traditionally on silver, or using any hybrid process. The craft is in making a good print, of an image that moves someone. That's where value is, and not in the medium used to record it. As a personal example, this weekend, one the galleries with my work, sold three copper plate photogravure prints of mine. None of the three buyers asked, or was remotely concerned with how the image originated, what camera, film, whatever, I had used. They loved the images, and they loved the prints. I, of course, use a hybrid process to arrive at the film positive required, but again, in the real world, who really cares?
To answer Clive, digital photography is, and will be, increasing the distinction between those who are willing to commit time and effort to create a quality print, and those who don't, therefore elevating the value of analogue prints, also using hybrid processes. Of course, we can argue about whether a fully analogue print, one that was created with sweat and tears in the darkroom, dodging and burning, is more valuable. To the artist it may be, but again, potential buyers don't really care. Let's face it, as Vincent pointed out, photography, with very few exceptions (if any), is not in the same realm as paintings when it comes to collectable value, and probably never will be, simply because the skills required to "take" a decent photograph these days are pretty low. So, assuming one's goal is to actually invest time, money and effort into selling art, the question to ask is whether you feel film or digital would make a difference. My answer would have to be no. It is simply a choice at this point, and, in my opinion, time is better invested in finding what to shoot and how to shoot it (nurture creativity), instead of worrying about what to shoot it WITH, and more importantly bring the image to life with a beautiful print that is unique and handmade, not an inkjet. This is, of course, my opinion only, so feel free to throw rocks
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