Games journalist Richard Moss was kind enough to ask me a few questions for his fantastic piece on game photography.
Smith takes a more nuanced view, particularly in the context of GTA. “Technically all in-game [GTA V] ‘screenshots’ are copyright Rockstar games,” he tells Hopes&Fears. “But here they’ve given gamers the virtual tools to interpret the virtual environment.” With those tools in hand, an in-game photograph may at some point become a transformative work of art. Smith puts a finer point on it: “If you capture virtual light in a virtual world with a virtual camera, is that photography?”