Is all photography art?

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Re: Is all photography art?

Postby BarbaraC » Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:06 am

That's where my education is, too, and it's where I finally realized that art is an ill-defined, nebulous term, which is as it should be. To define art is to apply rules, and rules are deadly in the arts.

I love the story of that painting that the professor hated! In a certain way, it reminds me of a metal sculpture course I took when I was in my thirties and where, as in your case, everyone's offerings on a particular assignment were put on display anonymously for the entire class to discuss and criticize. When mine was placed on view, one of the (very young) students stated that it was "too commercial." I thought the teacher did an admirable job of containing his laughter. I didn't laugh because I was too busy trying to figure out what the devil that student was trying to say. That a lot of people would likely buy it and money dirtied the art in it? That it wasn't different enough and all art must be absolutely unique, God forbid that Degas do two paintings of dancers?

Art. I have no idea what it is.

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Re: Is all photography art?

Postby hardsoftware » Sat Dec 06, 2008 8:33 am

Art. I have no idea what it is.


Well, I don't know what Art is either, but I know of one. This should lighten things up a bit....I hope :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Im58XcqDu9M

Art for sure.

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Re: Is all photography art?

Postby nannybear » Sat Dec 06, 2008 8:45 am

That was great Ben, thanks for reminding me of that show. I use to watch it all them time. and yes I think it is art!!

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Re: Is all photography art?

Postby MG - Admin » Sat Dec 06, 2008 9:04 am

For those that have noticed, I did delete a couple of posts in this thread because they were not in the spirit of the topic of the thread. Let's keep the conversations here civil and on topic. Debate is fine, but let's not get personal.

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Re: Is all photography art?

Postby Tarafrost » Sat Dec 13, 2008 7:19 am

BarbaraC wrote:I refuse to believe that a crummy, badly composed picture of a circuit board can or ever will be considered art any more than the photo of my foot, which happened when the camera slipped. :lol:


Those folks with a foot fetish might be inclined to disagree, Barbara. They might even pay a handsome sum for that photo of your tootsies! :D
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Re: Is all photography art?

Postby im42n8 » Sat Dec 13, 2008 7:25 pm

Sooooo ... the answer is (envelope please! .... (drum roll)):

It Depends!

:D 8) :D

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Re: Is all photography art?

Postby Jim Adams » Thu Jan 01, 2009 10:58 pm

I don't believe all photography to be art or all art to be worthy of praise. Maybe the real reason you ask yourself such a question is that you feel you must validate what you do because many don't recognize photography as an artistic medium of expression.

Is a well composed photograph with thoughtful consideration given to aperture, shutter speed, angle of view, foreground, background and lighting, a work of art ? Maybe not. But it sure is more than a mere snapshot.

Is a snapshot run through a couple of Photoshop filters that render it completely different than the original, art ? Maybe. But should it be held in higher regard than the beautiful photo that is not considered art. I don't think so.

For me the tag (art) matters little. If I am satisfied with my creations then I am a success.

Capturing a moment frozen in time is the true essence of good photography. If it evokes a response from the viewer then you have done well, whether it is considered art or not.

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Re: Is all photography art?

Postby nannybear » Fri Jan 02, 2009 7:36 am

Just because some one sings are they a "singer", just because one says they paint are they a painter and is their work art. Well yes to both. Now whether they are any good is anybody's guess because that is personal preference. That is why Celine Dion and Puff Daddy both have fans, just probably not the same ones... :lol: things that make you hmnnnnn.. Cheers Jan
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Re: Is all photography art?

Postby Tarafrost » Fri Jan 02, 2009 7:48 am

Art? Did everyone forget the leading "F"?
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Re: Is all photography art?

Postby moehler » Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:47 am

Circuit board art:

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Re: Is all photography art?

Postby Nelson » Wed Jan 21, 2009 7:22 pm

moehler wrote:Circuit board art:

Image


Yes, but is it art? :)

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Re: Is all photography art?

Postby Tarafrost » Thu Jan 22, 2009 6:44 am

Nelson wrote:Yes, but is it art? :)


Take a close look at the lighter brown section in the centre of the image. Looks like a buttocks impression to me.

So maybe the "f" is missing from the word "art", as I had proposed earlier?

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