Is Technologically Assisted Art Really Art At All?

Digital photography has been a revelation for those who make their living with a camera. But has technology stripped the art out of the medium? “The advantages of digital are plain enough: easier storage, the ability to upload photos straight to the computer, no need for film, being able to take a mulligan on images you don’t want to keep and, if results are all you require, no need for screwing around in a darkroom. But for ‘making photographs’? For making art? No. It’s like ‘painting’ a picture using your computer. It’s kind of fun to do and what you have when you’re done may be superficially terrific, but unless you’ve actually applied brush to canvas you’re no artist. You are merely a technician with a good eye.”