Too Much Information
For decades, the photography lover cherished looking at an 8-by-10-inch contact print. Rich with information, the contact print was the be-all and end-all. However, in the final years of the twentieth century, the possibility of grand scale and moving things around in a picture digitally became real options. Photography and what photography could be changed.
Harry Callahan, when presented with a digital enlargement from one of his 4-by-5-inch Kodachromes, said, “It’s too sharp.” Harry simply did not like seeing more information than he was used to seeing in his analog prints.
Though the digital revolution has been afoot for decades, things today are different because, among other reasons, millions of people are equipped with sophisticated cameras in their pockets.
Digital innovations have marched forward, and the resulting photographs created with large sensors and prints made on pedestrian printers with pedestrian ink look very different; to me, they look more like the world we live in. The color is richer and more dense, and the rendering of space seems to be more closely aligned with reality. One can only imagine Vermeer scratching his head.
— Peter MacGill, president of Pace/ MacGill Gallery, New York