The New York Times takes a look at how Flickr has changed the concept of a photography professional:
Consider photography. As art-school photographers continue to shoot on film, embrace chiaroscuro and resist prettiness, a competing style of picture has been steadily refined online: the Flickr photograph. Flickr, the wildly popular photo-sharing site, was founded by the Canadian company Ludicorp in 2004. Four years later, amid the more than two billion images that currently circulate on the site, the most distinctive offerings, admired by the site’s members and talent scouts alike, are digital images that “pop” with the signature tulip colors of Canon digital cameras.
Thomas Hawk weighs in as well:
Today the web is allowing a new breed of photographer as artist. An artist that is increasingly able to bypass the fine art elite and promote their work directly to the public. Although the fine art prices have not yet been attached to today’s new “Flickr Famous” photographer, this too will come in time. Step one is simply getting the exposure.
I’ve found photographs as beautiful and meaningful on Flickr as I have found anywhere else – even in art museums, galleries, or photography exhibits. Every day thousands of new photographs are posted on Flickr – and I’ve never been able to not find what I was looking for through tag searches or just browsing around.
The combination of digital photography and web services like Flickr have completely changed the photography landscape – and we’ve probably only seen the leading edge of this revolution.