Who would have thought that so much wonder could still be created with straight photographs in a time given to digital manipulation?
Well, I, for one, think "that so much wonder could still be created with straight photographs." Always have, always will.
As a picture maker who currently has an exhibit of digitally manipulated pictures (see life without the APA on my WORK page), it should be obvious that I harbor no ill will to those who make digitally manipulated pictures. My only gripe with such pictures is when manipulation is introduced as a cheap trick. I.E., when manipulation is used to try to mask the fact that a picture has little or no merit - an effect solely for effect sake.
My gripe with Alan G. Artner and his specific quote, which is wrong on several levels, is simple. Either he has forgotten / lost the ability to see the wonder that can be found in straight photographs, or, he never had it in the first place. That, and the fact that the work in question, while the individual pictures were made as straight photographs, their manner of presentation is very manipulated.