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July 02, 2009
Since we have some sterling examples all around us on the site, I'd thought we'd revisit the old argument.
What is photography?
When one photographer sued another for using his images, it ruled that only art could be copyrighted, and since photography was not art, it was not subject to copyright laws.
The debate heightened when Eastman invented flexible, paper-based photographic film and a camera to go with it.
Clive Bell in his famous essay, "Art", states that only one thing can distinguish art from what is not art: significant form. Where lines and colors combine in a particular way and certain forms and relations of forms stir our aesthetic emotions."
Certainly, Henri Cartier-Bresson's "Child on crutches playing in Spain" comes to mind.
And stays there.
Still others maintain that one of the essential characteristic of painting, sculpture, novels and poetry, is that the artist can achieve their own reality.
While the photographer is limited to essentially what's right in front of the camera lens.
"The camera will never compete with the brush and palette until such time as photography can be taken to Heaven or Hell," Edvard Munch says.
The debate still continued in 1955, when MOMA presented an important photography exhibit, which the New York Herald Tribune critic claimed was art, while the best you could get out of the New York Times critic was, "the folk art of our times."
To me, art is about imagination, no matter what form it takes.
And maybe we should stop trying to define art and just appreciate it.
A snapshot, as Eudora Welty said, "can keep a moment from running away."
History of the Camera ezinearticles.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Three Traits of the Great Photographers photofocus.com Take a look at an interesting article we found.
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Who's your favorite photographer?