Recently, I read a very sad article about the passing of Bruno Sebastia, a French fashion and beauty photographer who, unfortunately, was so saddened and depressed by the state of photographic industry and his personal circumstances within it, that he decided to end his own life. It is a sad day for photographers, and a sign of things to come to the industry unless the public perception of it changes. While I’ve never met Bruno, having read the article by his close friend, there are a lot of things it mentions that I can relate to.
Unfortunately,value of photography is not what it used to be. With the arrival of affordable digital cameras, high speed internet and magnitude of free apps to easily edit photographs on the go, photographs of all sorts are widely available on the internet, and can often (illegally) accessed/obtained for free. And the digital cameras are so good nowadays, when the lighting condition is right, my wife’s little Canon point and shoot camera can produce very pleasing images that I’d be very happy to have captured on my D3 with my latest Nikkor lenses. And with the revival of the retro look photographs, a la Instagram/Holga/polaroid, more people attach less value to crafted photographs, and professional photographers who create them.
On saying that, there is a difference between pretty good amateur snaps and a carefully crafted photograph, and I write this blog in the hope that some readers can stop and think about the state of photography. It won’t help Bruno now, but I hope that we, whether as artists or viewers, can all learn to respect and value photography a little bit more.
I am also sad to read that Bruno thought Photography is dead, but in my humble opinion, while certain sector of commercial photography is going down a negative route, photography as a whole is thriving, with more and more talent coming through all the time.
So to all you artists out there, stay strong, and happy snapping!!!
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