We are in somewhat the same stage with photography today. By most people, anything more than the making of causal snapshots is left to the “experts.” I look for the time when the use of the camera expertly for many private purposes will be as general as the ability to write a careful letter.
At the present time, however, people generally do not seem to get the idea of the potential utility of photography for themselves, although they recognize its importance in the commercial world. …
As the automobile, once a luxury and a means of getting rid of money, has more and more settled itself into the normal routine of existence, easing the corners of domestic life and bringing the scope and beauty of the world closer to the mass of humans once so shut in by a narrow circle, so some day will the use of the camera, now still for the masses in the paregoric stage, become for them a means of spiritual enrichment through artistic insight and expression.
Excerpted from ‘Local Manipulation,’ appearing in American Photography, volume XIV, number 9, September 1920.