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Steve Jobs Now In The Photography Hall Of Fame, Along With Other Names You Should Know | Should He Be?

By Kishore Sawh on August 19th 2016

Today, in case you hadn’t heard and Facebook decided to shun you, is World Photo Day; a day set as August 19th in reference to the day in 1839 when the French Government purchased the patent to Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre’s Daguerreotype patent (the first practical photographic process), and gave it away to the world, as a gift.


This Wold Photo Day, however, is a being treated a little bit special by the International Photography Hall of Fame, an institution celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. The IPHF has chosen today, in honor of their anniversary, to announce this year’s 8 inductees into the Hall Of Fame, and among those names is Steve Jobs, about whom they said:

Steve Jobs was an American inventor and entrepreneur who cofounded Apple and led it to become the world’s most innovative company. Steve helped create products that revolutionized the creative world and became essential tools for designers, filmmakers, music producers and photographers. Passionate about photography both in his work and personal life, his most profound contribution to the artistic community and the world is the iPhone which, in less than a decade, has changed both the art of photography and the industry around it.

[REWIND: How Apple Views Photography | Here’s What’s Coming & It’s More Than Just Raw Capture]

To be eligible, all inductees must have made a significant contribution to the art/science of photography, having a significant impact on the photography industry and/or history of photography. If you were to look at the other names on that list, it is clear they are not picking from the bottom. Among the 8 are Annie Leibovitz, John and Thomas Knoll (creators of Photoshop), Ken Burns, Ernst Haas, Graham Nash, and Sebastião Salgado.


Jobs may not have been a photographer, and some will no doubt argue that he and the Knoll brothers caused more trouble in the ‘craft’ than good, but in terms of changing the industry and tapping into what we love about photography and how we interact with it, the Knoll brothers and Steve Jobs are beyond reproach; the iPhone is the most common and most used camera on the planet, and Photoshop the quintessential photo-manipulation application.

What Jobs did for and with photography was tell us what we already knew; that we as a species love to document our lives and the world we live them in, and that truly the best camera is the one you have one you.

Related: How Apple Views Photography | Here’s What’s Coming & It’s More Than Just Raw Capture

Feature Image Credit: Steve Jobs shows off the iPhone 4 at the 2010 Worldwide Developers Conference by Matthew Yohe

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

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  1. Ralph Hightower

    I had a flip phone that took photos years before the iPhone. My wife and I don’t own any Apple products; our phones are Android.
    But I often forget that I have a phone, either in my pocket or on a belt clip, that can take pictures. I hate that “focus hunt and seek”. I’d prefer to use my manual focus cameras, Canon A-1 or New F-1,, or my autofocus camera, Canon 5D III.

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  2. Paul Empson

    SJ made a very popular mobile phone that included a camera the ingenious bit was that the phones software integrated easily with the internet & social apps.

    I think he’d be better placed in the Marketing Hall of fame rather than photography: Sharp created the first mobile with a camera. SJ’s real skill is making people desire his companies products & having his teams develop an excellent user interface.

    He & Apple didn’t invent the camera phone but they certainly made people believe they & their products are essential to lives.

    Ultimately just by the numbers of people with his companies product & the fact it has a camera on it makes Apple & SJ’s vision, that Sharp were on to something, a photographic behemoth.

    It does remind me a little of the Hipster & Polaroid conundrum:

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