When the Class of 1964 graduated from RIT fifty years ago, film was the primary substrate from which photographic images were made. During their long careers, Professional Photo Illustration and Photographic Science alumni lived the revolution of the “digital age” as it swept across photo industries. The darkroom and photographic techniques these alumni studied at RIT, and used for many years in their professional careers, suddenly changed from grain to pixels, Kodachrome to Photoshop.
Unlike today's students, the Class of 1964 had to reapply basic photographic techniques and principles to meet the demands of the digital revolution. Did these changes affect the effectiveness or impact their images and careers? This exhibit explores these very questions. Several graduates of the Class of 1964 submitted two photographs to this exhibit, one film-based and the other digitally-derived. You judge if the changing technology has affected the quality of this work or is a powerful image a powerful image no matter if it is silver- or pixel-based?