A lot of blather in the other thread. Folks should read what Brooks wrote before they get so emotional.
[Editor: As pointed out by Jensen later, you can download the editorial from http://enhanced.lenswork.com/lwcollection.htm. They are in the free overview PDF for LensWork #73.]
Let me pose this question also posed by Brooks but I will extend it a bit. Suppose that photography does in fact become a hobby for the very rich because the ultimate print can only be achieved by an offset press putting the likes of us pedestrian photographers who can only afford silver or ink jets in second place. Suppose also 15 years has passed and no one questions this any longer. What will the museums and collectors want? The original having begun life on a very expensive printing machine can be one or 80,000. In that case who's collecting what?
Will photography become more like it's sister art, music. Will the original capture be like writing the score as Ansel said long ago, and fame, commercial $$$, or whatever the artist is after will be decided by pop culture, as music is now?
Things are changing much faster than my comfort zone was padded for. I'm pretty much stuck with silver or platinum or collodion because I truly do not have the geek gene. I hate my Epson 2200. Things are changing whether we like it or not. I was joking with another photog the other day that in 15 years some one will pick up one of my prints and gasp. "Look at the dirt and mustache hairs! The tones are all wrong, like they used to do. This is a bonafide piece of shit. It's priceless. It's real!"
OK, it might take a lot more than 15 years for mine