More on FAQ #210

210. But won’t advances in other kinds of imaging technology like video render photography obsolete?

No, because photography will always play a unique role in civilization, a role that video can never match:

People everywhere will always place a special value on images that can be viewed without electricity, in any lighting, and without a special playback device, whether that viewing happens in the present or hundreds of years later.

(That capability is built into Q6 of the Trust Checklist, so there is no such thing as a TCQ photo that does not have that capability.)

Photography has never been bigger. Every year more photographs are taken than the year before, and there is no end in sight of that trend.

TCQ’s role as a universal standard reflects the value that civilization will always place on “images that don’t lose their power when the power is turned off.”