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The Photography Handbook, 3rd Edition by Terence Wright

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CHAPTER 9

Photography and technological change

Digital photography brought about a change of emphasis in the role of the camera. Where the traditional film camera had been referred to as a ‘recording device’, the digital camera (and scanner) is known as an ‘input device’. Input devices are the means of entering the data into the computer. This represents a theoretical shift from the primacy of the camera as the central apparatus in photography to its having a more subservient role: supplying information to the computer. We have discussed the dangers and theoretical pitfalls arising from the use of the (partly appropriate) analogy in relation to the eye and the camera, but it would seem that this change of role is more in keeping with Gibson’s ...

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