Mary Branscombe (marypcb) wrote,
Mary Branscombe

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What do you want a photograph to do?

We spent a fair part of the week playing with different digital cameras and one of the things I was looking at was how the noise in photos varies with ISO settings; shooting the same scene at different ISOs is a crude way to look at it but it's been interesting seeing the effects. One camera I looked at has been criticised in several places for noise but one of the critiques turned into a discussion of noise as the fingerprint of the digittal technique and whether that could be art in the same way that manipulating Polaroid images can be art. I came across this column which calls noise the brushtrokes of digital photography. Artefact or art? Reproduction or representation? Freezing the world into a still is as artifical as freezing the fluidity of life into a narrative...
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