The end of analogue film: Rage, rage against the dying of the dark | The Economist
The youngest crop of [Burley’s] students, all digital natives, have never touched analogue film. So, despite embracing (and teaching) digital photography, Mr Burley also developed a course, now in its third year, which recaps the history of photographic processes, from glass plates to the present day. It is exotic for them to spend the day working slowly with their hands instead of in front of a digital screen, he says. The instant availability of digital photographs means students are never surprised by what they make. The course lets them appreciate the “objecthood” of the photographic image.