Quote Originally Posted by Simon Howers View Post
In this case, the photographer only takes the picture - everything else is done for him.
I'm not at all sure what that is meant to imply - should I infer that thereby his photographs are somehow less "authentic" than someone who makes their own materials?

But huge numbers of photographers don't make their own materials - they buy film made in a factory, shoot it in a camera made in factory, then send it off to laboratories who develop and print it for them. So for those photographers - and this will include some of the people often referred to as "the greats" - they only take the pictures, and everything else is done for them.

I'm not sniping, by the way, I am simply genuinely puzzled by your remark.