Two Stops Down

A journal on photography by Thomas Riggs

Steven Sasson, inventor of digital photography, interviewed by David Friedman

Things like this remind me that it's no coincidence I took so quickly to photography. It's such a wonderful and elegant fusion of computing and image-making.

The only more permanent form of digital storage I had available to me at the time was digital cassette. It took about 23 seconds to record, and the tape would hold 30 images -- a number I chose, by the way, to be conveniently between 24 and 36.

I didn't want to store just one or two images on there, because then they'd say "well, that's not very useful"; I didn't want to store a hundred or a thousand images in there, because nobody knew how to deal with that concept.

The key, I think, when you put across an idea, is you have to understand the culture you're dealing with, first and foremost... and put everything very much like the culture's used to, and then put only the essential elements of your idea out there, so it doesn't get confused with things that might complicate the concept.

Also check out the rest of David's amazing Inventor Portrait series.

(via David Friedman)

This article was published on 16 April 2011.