I read a couple of articles recently that opened up on this question in one way or another. Many articles in the media of late refer to people who take pictures as photographers (usually it seems when they are doing something bad). Are all these people ‘photographers’?
Camera use used to be limited to a narrow section of society that could be bothered with the highly technical operation of a this instrument and thus the term photographer referred to those people.
These days however, everyone (almost) has a camera that they use on a regular basis (in the form of a phone) and a huge number have a fairly sophisticated camera that they use on vacations etc. Do these people qualify to be called photographers? Is the term photographer a special tag for a certain type of camera user? Continue reading “What is a Photographer?”