Visitors to the Photo Lab have given us some very interesting comments to the question, “Are a print and an image on the screen both photographs?” Answers ranged from the pithy “yes,” “no” or “maybe sometimes” to the witty to the downright poetic. Here are just a few examples of comments that visitors left:
- “Light in front or light in back”
- “yes, one is printed on a canvas that is made of paper whist the other is printed on a canvas made of glasses and plasmas. The only difference is the canvas.”
- “Was there a lens? Turn out the light and what do you see?”
- “Ask after electricity”
- “Anything that permanently records an image is a photograph”
- "NO. Photograph is an immobile image. Image on screen is pixels which change and move"
- “The image becomes a photo once printed”
- "A print is like the original photo-gravure. The final modification (by developing - altering times and solutions) of a captured image - On screen the image can still be altered and modified"
- "Are a person and an image on a screen of a person both people? No.”
- “No – as images yes – They take different routes – A print involves more technical skill whereas anyone can digitally play w a pic”
- “If you want to know, Google it.”
- “Yes, both photographs, but with different timelines to extinction”
- “Every time I see your face it reminds me of the places we used to go. Now all I’ve got is a photograph” [lyrics to the song "Photograph" by Ringo Starr]
- “The print is a physical object to hold. The screen is an electronic illusion”
- "Yes they can both be photographs. However, neither is a work of art if it does[not] move the heart and spirit of the viewer”
If you would like to leave your thoughts, come to the Photo Lab on the second floor of the museum. We have pencils and post-it notes for you to write (or draw!) with.
Stay tuned in coming months for new questions to puzzle over!