...Than in the entire history of photographing on sensitized substrates (i.e., film and plates).
That's the conclusion reached by blogger Benedict Evans, who works for Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley that invests in technology companies. He writes about "what's going on and what will happen next." In a post that he notes is an exercise in "how one can try to reach approximate estimates in the absence of solid data," he concludes that "at least two trillion photos will be shared this year, and possibly three trillion or more. Spread across roughly two billion smartphone users, that's only 2–3 photos per day per person, which is not so extraordinary...."
That's only the number of photos that will be shared, so the number of photographs taken will naturally be significantly more than that. (I don't know about you, but I share considerably less than 1% of the photos I take.) He claims (without naming sources) that estimates of all the photographs ever taken on film are in the 2.5–3.5 trillion range. Hence, as mentioned above, "more photos will be taken this year than were taken on film in the entire history of the analogue camera business."
Reminds me of John Szarkowski's old, but unprovable, more rhetorical formulation: "There are more photographs in the world than bricks." One day there might be more photographs than grains of sand.
(Thanks to Isaac)
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