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Is Photography Art?

There has been a debate for some time on the topic of whether or not photography could be considered art.

Mostly, this debate has been fostered by fine studio artists such as painter and sketch artists.

Is photography art?

There has been a debate for sometimes on the topic of whether photography could be considered art or not.

One of the basic disagreements with photography that some studio artists have had is due to the perceived difference in time of creation. In other words, it’s not uncommon for a painter to spend dozens of hours on a single painting.  So, how could an image that took a painter 25 hours of carefully placed brush strokes compare to an image a photographer snapped in 1/640th of a second?

Another debate over photography’s place in relations to fine arts has revolved around whether it’s valid for a painter to reproduce an image from a photograph as opposed to viewing a live model or real scene. This argument revolves around the fact that the human eye is capable of seeing much wider range of darks and lights than a camera is capable of recording in a single shot.

Regardless, the question of whether  photography is art or not, is a silly question.

The short answer is, “It depends on the quality of the photograph.”

It all depends on the quality of the photograph.

The short answer is, “It depends on the quality of the photograph.”

Just as one wouldn’t consider the average doodle jotted down on a piece of paper to be art, one also wouldn’t consider that average photograph to be a work of art either.

Some drawings are exceptional; other drawings are not. When the quality of the drawing is exceptional, it is generally recognized as “art”.

By the same token, some photographs are exceptional while others are not. When the quality of a photograph is truly exceptional, it is undoubtedly art.

It is an inescapable fact that the products of painters, sketch artists and photographers are two-dimensional images.

In the subject of art design there is a set of factors which apply to making works of art. These factors include such things is depth, perspective, color theme, focal point, etc.

The principles of art design which apply to painting, identically  apply to photography.

The principles of art design which apply to painting, identically apply to photography.

What people sometimes miss is the fact that all of the basic factors of art design are present in any and all images regardless of the medium; high quality or not . When these factors are aligned and utilized effectively, an exceptional image is produced and it’s recognized as art.

The principles of art design which apply to painting, identically apply to photography. They also apply to any and all mediums of visual art.

When one sees an amazing photograph and is emotionally stirred by the power of the image, it is undeniably art. The majority of photographs taken by people certainly don’t merit the title of art but then again, the majority of drawings don’t merit the title either. It all depends on the quality of image.

Mike Williams
Austin Fine Art & Glamour Photography

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