Quote Originally Posted by horacekenneth View Post
No doubt similar things were said about the Impressionists.
Yes, they were attacked a lot in their time, and the term impressionist itself was meant as derogatory term for their style. But impressionists added a lot more to visual arts than just blurry images, and that's why they are still respected today. Hastily painting a Rembrandt image would likely not pass the test of time.
Quote Originally Posted by horacekenneth View Post
Shouldn't the question be "Does it work here?" And not: "is it innovative or imitative?"
This ties straight into Eric Rose's rant about lith printing. Fact is that grainy/blurry b&w images are unusual views these days for most people, so by their unusual appearance they catch interest with the unwashed masses.

There is a good chance that quite a few of these images are not exhibited for their artistic value but for the apparent novelty of their appearance. And I guess that is what this thread and Eric Rose's rant are all about.