- Written by Roy Hammans
It turns out that I had pretty much the same reaction in 1981 to a subject that Edwin Smith had photographed fifteen – or perhaps twenty-five – years earlier. Although in 1981 I had no knowledge of his image.
The whole journey of discovery made in writing the linked piece brought home to me the reality of digital photography compared to its historic counterpart. I wonder if in thirty years' time it would be possible to revisit a filed image - even if it could be found - and create a modern version of it as easily? Perhaps fortunately, I am unlikely to be around to put this to the test.