Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/08/14

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Subject: [Leica] PAW from the Analog Trashheap
From: telyt at (Douglas Herr)
Date: Mon Aug 14 10:06:37 2006

Phil Swango wrote:

>Jim Shulman wrote:
>>My biggest complaint about digital imaging is that we will likely lose the
>>"shoebox" to the ages--no tangible receptacle, like an old shoebox, for
>>prints or negatives.  What's the likelihood that ephemeral digital images
>>will survive?  Not bloody likely, unless you're a computer expert like
>>and copy all your work regularly.
>You are so right.  Last week someone in my family drug out a box of oldies
>and we passed them around over dinner.  What a great experience for my
>daughter and the rest of us.  How many stories came to mind.  How many
>memories awakened.  Copying all your files to storage won't even begin to
>fill the role of a few drugstore snaps passed around the table.  Pictures
>you can hold in your hand and whose physical condition bears witness to the
>passing of time.

A dissenting viewpoint - we don't pass negatives around, and many people are 
as careless with film negative storage as with digital.  As long as prints 
are made from digital negatives with reasonably good technology, i.e., RA-4 
paper/chem, or archival inks, they'll hold up in a shoebox just as well as 
prints from film negatives.

Doug Herr
Birdman of Sacramento

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