I WANT TO START THIS CHAPTER with a question guaranteed to provoke debate. Does the photographic image have any value in the twenty-first century? Before you rush to respond let me first provide some context for a potential answer.

The digital revolution and the advent of digital capture has democratized photography and made an expensive hobby and professional vocation into an inexpensive form of visual communication for the masses. The taking of photographs no longer requires expensive specialist equipment and serious thought about the financial implications before the camera is loaded and the shutter is clicked. A roll of film containing twenty-four exposures no longer needs to cover ...

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