Poll: Do You Print Photographs Any More?


I was looking at The Burning House – it is a project that visually documents what people will take out of their homes, if they caught fire. The ‘What would you take if your house was on fire?’ question is one of the more interesting questions a person can be asked as it make them think about what physical items are really important to them. In fact, this is probably a good way to see what’s important to you as a person, not jsut physically but also emotionally.

Anyhow, looking through the project, I noticed how many people noted either single photos of significance. Some noted old photos with (or of) a good friend, or a photo of a family relative.

More people, however, noted photo albums: family albums, childhood albums and wedding albums begin high on the stats. (I did not run the numbers via an excel sheet, but this was a very strong impression that I got).

So with today’s digital era, instagram, facebook and thousands of photos taken each ear (or each month for some of us) I was wondering, do we even print photos anymore, or do we leave it up to the hard-drive or cloud to safeguard our photos. so we still enjoy the feeling of paper in our hands when we flip through those pages, or is watching a tablet or a computer screen good enough for us.

We usually tun our polls on the right hand sidebar, (they alternate weekly [or so] and provides a pick into the preferences and minds of our little community. But this one, I thought, deserves a full post. So here it comes: Do You Still Keep Printed Albums? Feel free to vote on the poll below if you just wanna yes-or-no it, but also fell free to say somthing under the comments section is you have more to share.

[lead photo by martinak15]

  • https://www.facebook.com/elixxier elixxier Software

    We print them out and hang them around the office. It is quiet nice to see your own work on the wall

  • https://www.facebook.com/dbthump Jay Kay

    I will print every picture I’ve ever taken of my family, shuffle them like cards, put them into several shoe boxes, and then hide them in my kids houses when the move out on their own, waiting to be discovered.

  • Doug Gray

    I don’t keep albums. Granted I am single and have no kids, and I imagine that it may be different if I had a family. But I do still print images, mostly 16×20’s. Just not so much snapshots.

  • John Newton

    I no longer keep photo albums as such. However, I do make prints, mostly black & white of my work. BTW, I shot both digital and film. To me, it is not a photograph until I can hang it on the wall regardless of weather I shot it with film or digital.

  • http://www.mcr-street.com Andy

    We print photos to frame, print photos for friends and print them for our photo albums. Especially like doing holiday albums, more for our enjoyment than anyone elses pain haha

  • https://www.facebook.com/martin.pot Martin Pot

    I have a few magnetic white boards in the house, so we can easily hang up photos, and easily replace them with new photos on a regular basis: http://martybugs.net/blog/blog.cgi/creativity/MagneticPhotoBoard.html

  • http://www.hei-tiki.de Björn Vilcens

    I print my favorit images, put them on Kappafix foam boards. All attached to three big sliding doors of a build-in cupboard. All pictures are printed in different sizes so that I have my own analogue masonry style gallery at home :-).

  • Ibo

    I once got told : ” A photo ain’t a photo until it’s printed out”.

    I love printing out. A3+ FTW 😀

  • https://www.facebook.com/eric.jaakkola Eric Jaakkola

    I’ve been photographing prints

  • Amaryllis

    I print only the best of my work, but I don’t have the money to print big stuff yet, so I just go for regular old 6×4 prints for now. I put them either on the wall of my apartment or in an album when they’re the best of the best I was able to create.