In 1972, I read a scathing review of the first Roxy Music album. The reviewer was such a dweeb and so dismissive of the band’s music and appearance, I intuited that it would be something I would like. I rushed down to the record store and bought it. Needless to say, it far surpassed my expectations.

Conversely, this article The best Apple iPhone photos ever taken: Breathtaking images snapped on just a smartphone, (just a smartphone?) utterly devoid of the kind of amazing work featured this very site for over ten years now, affirmed for me the guiding premise behind Pixels once and for all.

I posted the following on Facebook (except for the italicized part – the writer wrongly referred to Robin as a “he”) and then in the comment section at the site of the article. Three days later, it is still in the moderation queue, awaiting moderation. There are no other comments.

First off, Robin Robertis is a woman. I know this, because I know who all my artists are. Here is what I wrote on Facebook: Pixels’ artist Robin Robertis belongs on any “best of” list when it comes to iPhone photography. She is among my favorite artists and I congratulate her for being included on this list. I am not so grandiose that I would declare any collection of 20 or 30 or 40 pictures as the best Apple iPhone pictures ever taken. The guy who founded the iPhone Photography Awards has built a very profitable business with a contest whose aesthetic is to treat the iPhone like any old point-and-click camera out there, ignoring the iPhone’s potential as an artistic medium as artists struggled in the beginning with the limited camera and buggy apps to create a new kind image. They are still making art today that could only be produced using the iPhone and the artist’s preferred palette of apps.

You will find the best iPhone pictures ever taken (and apped) on Pixels (! 30,000 of them, curated for love, not profit. Do you think I could remain silent about this?

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