"Digital photography is a science and film photography is a chemical miracle" says Steven Spielberg

Animation of Steven Spielberg, drawing a film frame with his fingers, during an interview with The Post
(Image credit: Fox 5 Washington DC)

Steven Spielberg has given the best answer I've ever heard about the difference between digital and film: "digital photography is a science and and film photography is a chemical miracle."

He said that during the press junket for the 2017 movie, The Post, starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. The interview has recently resurfaced on social media, and his words really hit home even more today – particularly with the explosion in film cameras and film photography we've seen over the past few years. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.