Quote Originally Posted by batwister View Post
People attempting to live as photographic artists, working just to get by, can't afford 40,000 cameras. So WHAT is going to happen to the art of photography in 5 to 10 years? A friend of mine has been an amateur painter all her life and has just started attending masterclasses with a notable teacher. First thing he told her - "you NEED to use better materials". Let's just say she was using entry level DSLR quality paints and canvases, but, she has the means to use professional materials without having to remortgage her house. 'Good materials' in photography, pretty soon, won't be accessible to the kinds of people who have made it an art form - i.e. those on modest incomes, who have made a choice to devote their lives to it.

But at least we can look forward to more corporate fashion and advertisements with the H system.
Interesting...so you are saying that pros like me who have invested that amount not on a self obsoleting H-something but on building a full Hassy film system, LF system, tons of film, paper, chemistry and darkroom hardware are not going to be a part of the art of photography?

So a 501CM, 100 3.5 CF, Delta 100, WT fiber and a Apo enlarging lens are not accessible to those who have carried the cross in the name of art, those with so called, "Modest Incomes"...?

Congrats, this might be one of the most convoluted and out of touch "Art Manifesto's" I have ever read. It's as if you seem to imply that if one can not afford a Hassy digi body then art photography does not have a chance....you do understand how absurd that sounds.....right?