Photo by moaby, taken with the 1991 Kodak DCS 100 pictured
Montréaler Marc Aubry's Ma Collection de Reflex Numérique, a collection of self-portraits taken with cameras from the early days of digital. If he had owned all those cameras when they were new, they would have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in the aggregate.
Made me muse a bit about how the early history of digital will be remembered historically. Museums collect "works on paper," and many of the earliest digital works on paper—prints—were fugitive; most early digital pictures were never printed; much early digital storage media were orphaned; and the cameras were superseded so quickly that they were essentially disposable. I wonder if a few people out there were functioning as digital photography's George Thomason—and curious as to exactly what they collected, and what among it will be considered valuable to posterity. All in all, considering all the potential problems, I don't envy future historians of the era just past in photography. Much of the evidence of the era is sifting out of existence as we speak.
(Thanks to BuzzFeed, via Tom Kaszuba)
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