Digital Photography Has Now Become Authentic

According to a recent PetaPixel article, there has been a shift away from taking curated photos with the latest phone camera technology. Gen Z now think the “imperfect and authentic” images taken on an old point-and-shoot digital camera are cool.

21-year-old Zoe, who uses a Canon S100: “I love the fact that when you take the picture you can’t immediately post it to social media. There’s something so refreshing about taking a picture and waiting.” She adds “I also love the ‘lower quality’ and grainy look that my camera gives compared to my iPhone.”

5 thoughts on “Digital Photography Has Now Become Authentic

  1. Tamara

    The hipsters have decided that there’s a certain aesthetic to the files from old CCD sensors of 10MP or less (and I’m not saying they’re wrong) that’s not there in modern >24MP CMOS images, and that’s caused Zoomers to be raiding their parents closets and attics for old FinePixes… FinePixii? …and PowerShots from the mid-Aughties.

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  2. Lee Rust

    Now that we have A.I. imagers like “DALL-E 2”, ‘authentic’ is becoming more of an issue… https://openai.com/dall-e-2/

    I still carry a 2007 vintage Canon Powershot SD1000 in the front pocket of my shoulder bag, always ready to substitute for the Leica whenever I need macro, flash or video. The 7Mp CCD photos are pretty noisy above 200 iso, but otherwise they’re just fine.

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  3. Tamara

    Weird how “authentic” has morphed from its dictionary definition (“of undisputed origin, genuine”) to a slang term meaning imperfect or flawed.

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  4. Brian

    Going to an event, a party, a get-together: Forget the Leica, Bring the Polaroid. I get more requests from young people asking for pictures with the SLR680 than any other. “Can you please take 3 so we can each have one”.

    Polaroid is where it’s at, Baby…

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  5. Robert Coscia

    It was around 1987 I had the SX70 Polaroid a flash…. And a big industrial hand crank button machine….
    Went to events – windsurfing, Golf, (Weddings) and even bar hopping and made a fortune at $5 a button, plus drinks, free food and tips of all sorts!!!
    Id take 6 of the same shot (everyone wanted one in the group photo) and they would come back in 15 minutes for the photo buttons. I could even add wording, daters, or icons on top of the image.
    Burning through boxes of film like crazy. What these people would do OMG.
    I still have buttons from then and they look GREAT after all those years.
    That button machine was a chic magnet as well for some reason. A lot of fun and many a late night.
    POLAROID all the way!!!

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