I am sure you are reading this on either your retina or HD display Laptop, or perhaps a 27″ iMac (or maybe something even bigger), and there could also be a 55″ or larger HD (or 4k, or more) television somewhere in your home. Any of which can display stunning images in brilliant colors. Then there are also those who are so eager to show off their cellphone photos. So, with all this technology, are printed image still of interest?
We think so, and we think the proof is everywhere around you. First literally, if you look around any public area, you will see images printed onto something. If you were to attend and art fair or a craft show, you will likely see several photographers selling prints.
Second, on the photographer side, it seems like a new printing company is popping up every week. And, the tried and true companies are continuing to expand. They are hiring employees and adding printers. The labs are also coming out with new photographic papers, inks, and mounting options.
Clearing new artists are emerging and new printing options are being created, neither of which would continue to grow in photographic art was going by the wayside.
With all that said, now is a perfect time to those who appreciate nature to collect photographic prints. The quality of images being produced today is better than ever before. Every part of the equation is better, the cameras, lenses, labs, print surfaces, inks or dyes, and most importantly the photographers.