I've been wondering for a while now whether the massive uptake of digital photography and photo sharing (Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram ...) has/will increase people's interest in and enjoyment of what I will call, for the lack of a better word, "art photography" - the kind of photos we see in galleries, the pieces (Peter Peryer at The Dowse last year, Anne Noble at Bartley + Company just recently) that to me are still differentiated from the motivation and execution of the (often very skilled) everyday photographer.
My gut feeling is - no, not yet. Maybe 'no', full stop. And this article on the sale of a chunk of vintage NASA photographs tickles up that feeling:
At a time when the International Space Station has an Instagram feed, it’s easy to forget the profundity of these pictures and their vistas, and tempting to dilute their impact by re-contextualizing what they represent in today’s terms (see: Buzz Aldrin’s “first space selfie” of 1966 above).