Let’s try to think how photography: Prep the gear, take the shot, edited it, then upload it to the internet. These days that’s how photography work. But do you know that’s not how it works 20 years ago for the obvious reason that there are not so many people even know how internet is. The only way to found photography is through print. But not these days. So here the statement: Printing is not Important in Photography. Really?
I’m not gonna state the previous statement as a fact (since I don’t have statistic) but as an opinion that I heard and read so many times. Nowadays you don’t have any reason to look for printed photography.
It’s far easier to turn on your computer or phone and Google it. Far more effective and less cost. That’s why many magazines dedicated solely to photography went under. Even if they don’t, they totally change their platform from print to online publication.
Here is one of my favorite online magazine: B&W Minimalism Magazine
So that is the argument for why there is no need for printing a photo. But I come back again to the title of this article: Printing is not important in photography. Really?
Emphasize the word “really.”
Even though I found there are so many people who said No to print, I also found who said the opposite.
There are many dedicated photographers who said that print is one forgotten thing and not yet abandoned. Let me rephrase that, a print is not even forgotten. There so many industries that required printed photography.
Like selling real estate, they need print.
Like any monthly or weekly magazine, they need print.
Like non-profit organization, they need print.
Like wedding photography, they need print.
In any industry world, printing is not yet forgotten. It’s another question for a personal reason. But I still stated that even for personal reason printing photo is still not yet abandoned.
My parent still need print if they want to see the photo of their good-looking child 🙂 (Unless they have that flat screen you can manded to the wall and slide your photo. The problem is my parent are technology illiterate).
Dedicated photography still wants to look how their photo looks like on paper. I heard that the best way to see and judge a photo is when it is printed.
It reminds me of something interesting said on YouTube (I forgot the exact word so I paraphrase it):
You have a paper. you have a printer. You have an empty wall. Then?
There you have it. If you ask, Printing is not important in photography. Really?
I answered, Of course, it’s important.
What do you think?
Oh BTW, to tell you the truth, I’m actually didn’t print my photo until last month. Don’t have the place to put it and I don’t have a decent printer. And I also can’t find any good photo lab in Indonesia. So the only reason I print my photo right now is just as an archive.