Conrad Stoll on Craig Mod’s “Goodbye, Cameras”:
I’m using the analogy with long-form and short-form writing intentionally, because it is commonly agreed that one is not better than the other. They simply serve different purposes, which is exactly how I feel about photography. Smartphone images are not bad images. They are artistic, emotional, provocative, engaging. All of the qualities of any good photograph taken in the last hundred years. But they serve a different purpose than the long-form version of photography where images are made with a purpose built camera.
What an excellent way to explain the shift. Short-form photography is something that we cannot only all enjoy, but that we can all easily create. Where long-form is something that only a handful of us will create, but that all will appreciate. Stoll’s post is a must read if you ask me.