CHICAGO (AP) — Moves by more states to lift bans on cameras in court have thinned the ranks of sketch artists, who have served as the eyes of the public for hundreds of years.A year ago, 14 states still had such prohibitions. But several have since taken steps toward ending them, including Illinois this month.The shift has some artists fearing for their livelihoods. Chicago courtroom artist Lou Chukman says they're an anachronism now, like blacksmiths.Maryland-based artist Art Lien cites cutbacks in news budgets and a preference for digitized graphics as additional factors. He says video or photos can't do what sketch artists can, like distilling hours of court action into one drawing.While people reading and watching the news may not notice much, Lien says something significant is being lost.

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