(Photo of Tachihara Large-Format by the great Jack Brauer.)
…yet we’re positive that we’re migrating to digital photography; Kodak doesn’t even make technical pan B&W film anymore. The resolution of tech pan in 4×5 blows away that of any digital camera you can buy, and it will continue to hold that distinction until we see something like a 250 MP camera back, which isn’t coming to WalMart anytime soon.
(This is so much like comparing decent lp records to CDs! The fact of the matter is that resolution isn’t a priority for most people. Quality of experience really isn’t first in most peoples’ minds. Don’t forget that!)
“It’s hard to make predictions,” Lewis quoted Yogi Berra in Liar’s Poker, “especially about the future.”
I think that in a couple of thousand years, many beautiful brownie, 35mm, 6×7, and 4×5 prints will still be extant. They’ll be studied and appreciated as records of the human condition during the brief blossoming of science and technology that accompanied cheap energy in the form of fossil fuels.
People will shake their heads; they’ll speculate; they’ll make wild claims about why they have tons of ancient imagery, but only from within a brief 150-year period. On one side of that treasure will be paintings, drawings, and threadwork–and on the other there will be only faded scraps of printed advertisement paper and the odd bit of sculpture. And lots of plastic.
More photos of the beautiful Tachihara: