Photography has had a relatively short history if we omit the years of the camera obscura. Today, the almost 200 years of photography's history becomes humble if we put it on par with longer histories like those of painting and poetry. Within this span of time, photography has seen many changes, thanks to technological advances. The camera as a tool is beautiful and considered by some as a work of art; others say it as a result of scientific genius. Whatever position we take on the camera’s attributes, it is commonly recognized that the camera, thanks to the decisions of its operator, has produced transcendental and meaningful images of our history as human beings, especially in the twentieth century.
“The difference between us (photographers) than everyone else
is that we take what we do very seriously.”
“The Language of photography continues to get more interesting
and more complex as it becomes the most universal
medium of communication worldwide.”
Humans tend to feel that things in the past were better. Woody Allen explains this fact in a simple and humorous way in this film, which doesn't require any special intellect to understand (but is more enjoyable if you have a minimum of taste for the arts in general). Also, because of certain technological advances that have benefited photography, some feel pessimistic about the current state of photography. But let me tell you: the state of photography today is phenomenal.