• Photography lab. Couresty of  Brigham Young University-Idaho via Mountain West Digital Library.

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    Photography lab
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    • Photograph
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    • Mountain West Digital Library
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    • Brigham Young University-Idaho

  • Ernest Welch at camera shop buying film, 1990s. Courtesy of Georgia State University. Libraries. Special Collections via the Digital Library of Georgia.

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    Ernest Welch at camera shop, buying film
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    • 1990/1999
    • Creator
    • Welch, Ernest G., 1906-2009
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    • Print verso printed: "Kodak professional paper, papier, papel. Local identification number: V2010-03P_037. Ernest G. Welch Photographs Collection, Photographic Collections.
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    • Http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/. Cite as: V2010-03P_037, Ernest G. Welch Photographs Collection. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library. This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are fre... more
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  • Developing film in the Atlanta Journal dark room, Atlanta, Georgia, 1949. Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Courtesy of Georgia State University. Libraries. Special Collections via the Digital Library of Georgia.

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    Developing film in the Atlanta Journal dark room, Atlanta, Georgia, 1949
    • Date
    • 1949
    • Creator
    • Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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    • Inscribed on negative envelope: "ATLANTA JOURNAL. PHOTO DEPT. 1949. 28571. Local identification number: AJCNS1949-02a. Atlanta Journal-Constitution Photographic Archive, Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library.
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  • Eastern Camera Exchange [postcard]. Courtesy of Boston Public Library via Digital Commonwealth.

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    Eastern Camera Exchange
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    • 1930-1945
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    • Eastern Camera Exchange, 66 W. Columbia St., Hempstead, N.Y., Hempstead 2-6396 and 6 Hempstead Ave, Lynbrook, N.Y. Lynbrook 9-3790. Long Island's Largest and Most Complete Camera Store. Title from item.
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    • Boston Public Library

The mass replacement of film cameras with digital ones has not only changed the way people take and view photos, but also the photography profession as a whole. The popularity of digital cameras has led to the sharp decline of film processing and production. Camera stores, film companies, and photo labs are quickly becoming obsolete. Companies such as Polaroid have shuttered their film stock plants, and many manufacturers are no longer making film cameras for the general public. The digital nature of file sharing has dramatically minimized the need for physical prints of photographs, and photo processing businesses are feeling the impact.

In terms of training, many universities still offer traditional photography programs, but digital photography rules the roost. Darkrooms are nostalgically viewed as “old-school,” rather than as cutting-edge. Because editing software like Photoshop enables amateurs with computer access to manipulate and enhance their own images, professional photographers are also seeing a decline in demand. In 2013 the Chicago Sun-Times axed all twenty-eight of their on-staff photojournalists, saying they would be replaced with iPhone wielding reporters. For better or worse, digital cameras have forever altered the landscape of modern photography.