The Law Of Unintended Consequences Redux
"It's déjà vu all over again."--Yogi Berra
One of the most surprising,
to me anyway, unintended consequences of the digital revolution is increasing
marginalization of medium format. This was forcefully brought home to
me while photographing Fashion Week in New York City with a preproduction
version of Olympus' E-1 digital SLR. In downtime between runway
sessions, I talked with other photographers. An underlying theme was
the future, if any, of medium format. When I asked one of the few fashion
shooters, maybe the only one, who was using film about this, he told
me the Hassleblads of all the photographers he knew were either "on
a shelf or on eBay."
iView Therefore I
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It Isn't Really
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Holy Acronym, Batman,
Not Another One
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