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emf
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This has been true for some time which has meant that photographers can now come from any background rather than those who had enough money to buy and maintain their 4×5 or 8×10 cameras in the olden days.

I see your point nesgran but am not so sure. I get that ‘pro’ camera’s are much more readily available and attainable nowadays. But in the past it wasn’t just the well off who could maintain photography as a hobby or profession. My dad was a photographer and was definitely not from a well off back ground. He scrimped and saved for all his gear. His darkroom was a cupboard under the stairs for a long time. I think those who had real passion for the subject found a way to practice it.

I understand photography is a luxury item, most art is. But that doesn’t mean it’s practitioners have to be from a well off background.