There is this debate (a non-debate, it turns out) about the importance of a technically good camera versus the artistic eye to compose a beautiful image, a discussion on the oft-repeated adage that photographers — not cameras — make the photographs.
The cerebral and highly respected Michael Reichmann (Luminous Landscape) has responded to a post by Ken Rockwell who boldly proclaimed in the title of his article that â€œYour Camera Doesnâ€™t Matter.â€ The usually cool master photographer calls that assertion horseshit, admonishing to â€œsend them here for a good spanking.â€
Well, hold it a little, Mr. Reichmann, I read Kenâ€™s article in its entirety after reading yours, and I found out that you were both essentially saying the same things actually, itâ€™s just the way Ken emphasizes an argument to drive home the point.
While Ken may have been derided by some as the Chuck Norris of photography (â€œa some-time web writer about things photographic,â€ according to Mr. Reichmann, as opposed maybe to a some-time photographer who also writes his thoughts on the web), he is quite effective at communicating his ideas because of his gung-ho style, some of which we can freely disagree with (that wooden staircase is a case in point).
But we all have a place in this vast Internet space, and I would not lump Ken together with the â€œdogs of warâ€ or the â€œclowns of clichÃ©s.â€ He also has some very useful posts on the Web, just like Mr. Reichmann. I urge beginning photographers as well as seasoned pros to read both Michael Reichmannâ€™s and Ken Rockwellâ€™s articles so that, in the words of the former, â€œif enough people read it we can end the mind-numbing vapidity of this pointless debate once and for all.â€