Can digital pictures qualify as photographs
Faculty of Arts. Philosophy
[Savannah, Ga :American Society for Aesthetics]
ASAGE / American Society for Aesthetics. - [Savannah, Ga, 2008, currens
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University of Antwerp
Can digital pictures qualify as photographs? The commonsensical answer is that they can. We are happy to call a picture of a scene made with a digital camera a photograph. According to William Mitchell, however, we are wrong to do so. Pictures made with digital cameras would not qualify as photographs, because they lack a certain realism essential to classical, i.e. film-based, photography. In the following, I first present two ways in which film-based photographs are realistic (section 1). Next, I discuss Mitchells position that pictures made with digital cameras are not realistic and, consequently, not truly photographic (section 2). Finally, I argue against Mitchell that pictures made with digital cameras are realistic and, thus, do qualify as photographs (section 3).