Medium of Photography: iPhone Photography PT1

Has photography always been about the devices we use to capture our creativeness, our scientific experiments, and most of all, our desires? We live in a forever changing world where the traditional tools of art are constantly changing. Sculptors are now turning into digital 3D printmakers, painters are digital artists, and film photographers are limited in numbers. The majority of this particular genre of photography has worked with digital photography in the last decade or so—the world is changing.

In 1965, NASA created a camera system to take pictures of Mars using a video camera tube, in 1975 Steven Sasson attempted to build the first ever digital camera, and by 1990, Dycam Model 1 was the first true commercially digital camera to be put on the market. Since then the camera system has advanced even further. Cameras were placed in cellular devices shooting at top resolution 3MP. DSLRs became better equiped with high-quality sensors, improved lens quality, and more capture formats for better processing.

In 2010, Instagram was born. The mobile, desktop and an internet-based application was a hit sensation for photography and other genres alike. Since those 7 years, communities of photography based groups have shared hundreds of thousands of images. Instagram has in many ways created new photographers. Each using their own approach and a variety of camera systems. A lot of photography online is shot on different types of cameras, but the one that stands out the most and is probably the most controversial amongst photographers is, cellular photography better known as iPhone photography.

By definition, photography is, “the art or practice of taking and processing photographs,” so why is iPhone or any cellular photography frowned upon? Figures Nos. 1, 2 and 3. —About a week or two ago, I created a poll and wanted to see how many people disagreed with iPhone photography. I provided a starter question that led up to a second question.

 Figure No. 1

Figure No. 1

 
The best camera is the one that’s with you.
—Chase Jarvis.

Figure No. 1, Instagram Poll Question, “If you know the basics of photography and have an understanding of how to create an image does it matter the medium you use to capture your creativity—even if the medium is a phone?

Plenty of people saw the question, but only a few gave their opinion. Majority of them answered “No,” so I followed up with another statement:

 Figure No. 2

Figure No. 2

 

Figure No. 2, “Some (majority) of answered “No” to the poll question. I personally think “yes”. If you have the knowledge of photography; lighting, composition, technique, etc.—the ability to produce high quality work then the medium shouldn’t matter.”; “Brazilian photographer, Luisa Dorr (@luisadorr) studied photography at university in Brazil and has been published in @time, @cnn, @guampdn, @wired and etc. all of her work (929-) on @instagram were photographed using an @apple iPhone.”

Image Source: iphone photography by Luisa Dorr, For Time Magazine, Women Who Are Changing The World, 2017

 Image Source: Youtube: Time's "Firsts" profiles groundbreaking women, 2017    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP-icHe3VHY

Image Source: Youtube: Time's "Firsts" profiles groundbreaking women, 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP-icHe3VHY

 Image Source: Instagram, by  Luisa Dorr , For Time Magazine, Women Who Are Changing The World, 2017    https://www.instagram.com/p/BZGzOLdhZAi/?taken-by=luisadorr

Image Source: Instagram, by Luisa Dorr, For Time Magazine, Women Who Are Changing The World, 2017

https://www.instagram.com/p/BZGzOLdhZAi/?taken-by=luisadorr


and a final question:

 Figure No. 3

Figure No. 3

 

Figure No. 3, “Seeing how well of a photographer she is, her achievements, her knowledge, her ability to create—I ask again does it matter what medium you use to be classified as a photographer?”; Poll: “No”— “100%”

Photography is not about the best camera or quality a camera can give you—The best camera is the one that's with you. images aren't about dynamic range in megapixels they're about stories and moments.


Medium of Photography
Medium of Photography
It doesn't matter which camera you use to capture your creativity.