With cameras on virtually every mobile phone, we all know there’s been a rapid increase in picture-taking by the general public. For example, the number of photos taken by Americans per year is projected to increase from 177 in 2006 to 322 in 2015. At the same time, printed photos are on the decline. What impact will this have on collectors? What will it mean for museums or social scientists trying to make sense of a point in time or a generation? Will the digital photos on phones primarily vanish as the technology is replaced?
The NPR link below provides some insight. It also reinforces the value of quality individual and family portraits that are printed and saved for future generations.