At a PBS NewsHour segment, a film photographer named Van Sickle shared a daring, intriguing but honest insight of today's photography. Who is the photographer, if everybody's taking pictures?
In the strictest definition, a photographer is someone who takes pictures with a camera. That is all. There are no aesthetic criteria as to who and who aren't photographers. But photography has become part of the art world and is only growing its presence. But perhaps, being a photographer isn't about the person himself, but the results he produces. And perhaps, everyone is actually a qualified photographer now that anyone can have a camera.
But that doesn't mean he is automatically great. The photographer Van Sickle said:
'Technology doesn't change the way photography is. It just makes it more available to more people, which means there’s going to be much, much more really terrible pictures taken or pictures that are totally dependent on subject, which is all, all right. If you were there when the Hindenburg caught on fire, and you took a picture of it, that’s a great photograph. But you’re not a great photographer, because you can’t repeat that in everyday things. What a great photographer does is, they are consistently able to make something in a style that’s personal to themselves. My pictures don’t depend on extreme sharpness. They depend on the composition and on the subject and on the way I see it.”
The preview image was taken from the video.