Yet HCB used the 35mm lens very well.
You should be able to see what he's getting at in that statement. As I take it, he's saying neither the photographer nor technique should intrude on the image.
Agree or not, I think it's a valid approach, not baloney.
I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.