This post is in response to two posts from Guardian writer Ron Greenslade; read his initial post here and his follow-up here.

Isn’t it wonderful how anyone can just pull a phone out of their pocket and snap a picture? I mean, photography is getting so easy a machine could do it! Just point and snap and it’s ready for the front page. But since computers are capable of coming up with perfect, grammatically correct sentences, and there are thousands of bloggers out there willing to cover the “news” for free, you might want to consider a career change as well, “due to a combination of the digital revolution and newspaper economics.”

I’ve worked at a weekly newspaper. I get that that newspapers are having tough times and I certainly wouldn’t advise anyone to pursue that career path any time soon. But saying that “newspaper photographers are redundant” is insulting, because the redundancy implies equality, and photos from a passer-by with a phone will never be the same as those from a trained photojournalist. That would be the same thing as saying your job is redundant, because there are plenty of bloggers out there who cover the news and share their opinion simply to have their voice heard, not to make money out of it. Yet I certainly would never say that your job is redundant. Those with a background in writing are much better at communicating the news and (most) have the ethics to double check their facts.

The issue here is that photography is creative, like writing, and technology can never be creative. Technology isn’t going to capture images that move readers just like a computer isn’t going to write a great novel. Yes, photography is certainly changing, but please don’t insult us by calling our work redundant.