Goodbye, Cameras: by Craig Mod

The increasingly connected camera works wonders for still life photography. For me, the Sony a7r's biggest failing is that it doesn't act like a simple light-capturing box. Its menu system is far more convoluted than the D800's and the camera is far more complicated to operate. But for the still life photographer, its benefits far outweigh the ridiculous oversights.

Craig Mod's New Yorker article blubs reasonably about the true camera, about the true photographer, about the true photograph. How each are pulled together are pulled together is the story of photography. The simpler the device, the better it becomes at sharing the story.

It’s clear now that the Nikon D70 and its ilk were a stopgap between that old Leica M3 that I coveted over a decade ago and the smartphones we photograph with today. Tracing the evolution from the Nikon 8008 to the Nikon D70 to the GX1, we see cameras transitioning into what they were bound to become: networked lenses. Susan Sontag once said, “While there appears to be nothing that photography can’t devour, whatever can’t be photographed becomes less important.” Today, it turns out, it’s whatever can’t be networked that becomes less important.