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Re: End of Darkroom


Date: Sat Jun 19 2004 - 14:27:39 PDT

Being one who learned photography from a great photographer, I loved
working in the darkroom and shooting in black and white. I minored in
photography in college. I will always LOVE B&W photography most of all,
but I am guilty of succombing to the convenience of digital photography
bigtime. There is truly no comparison. Hearing you say this, it almost
makes me feel guilty for not doing my part to educate kids first in
conventional photography and then digital so that they too would
appreciate the difference personally. Cost wise, convenience wise, I
could not afford to teach photography to my kids were it not for being
able to borrow all 11 of the school's digital cameras and the computer
lab. It costs me nothing but floppy disks and photo paper. I will
certainly do more this year to talk up the incomparability of
conventional photography over digital, despite still teaching digital.
Perhaps a visit to a local photography gallery that carries a wide array
of early photographer's works, on up through the 90's. I never thought
of it as a dying breed. Don't you really think that there will always
be a place for artistic photography in the conventional sense???
Nothing like a gelatin silver print...

Linda Woods

Visit our student's web art gallery at St.John's School
 click on "Stories of SJS," click on "Arts Stories," click on Linda
Woods' name. View artwork by Lower, and Middle School students as well
as our art archives.