Chapter 9 – Photography: An Invented “Art”
WHAT PHOTOGRAPHY IS
Excerpt from What Art Is:
Nearly all writers who analyze the nature of photography concur with Rand in emphasizing the limitations of the photographer’s role as compared to the painter’s. Since photography is, as she stated, a “mechanical means of reproducing whatever is put in front
Every picture can tell a story. This is a true story of how I was able to capture a rare and very real photograph* of a lady ghost, as she sauntered through the misty woods of Chilmark.
This is the true story about a straight photograph that took place in a Tango World. I was on a photo safari in South America. This was ten years ago. One of my stops was in Buenos Ares, Argentina. When walking this city it’s not difficult to find the tango performed at street corner cafes, since it is the birthplace of this dance circa 1890.
In my mailbox a week ago I found the Fall 2014 issue of art BUSINESS News, which had interesting columns and features. One feature that caught my eye was about art week in Miami, “the art world’s winter playground.”
I enjoy PHOTO PROFESSIONAL MAGAZINE. An article titled “The Four Season” by Editor Terry Hope caught my eye in the recent issue (#96) about the shooting of a contact lens advertisement for ACUVUE. The layout is shown on the left hand page in the photo below. The photos on the right side accompany the article and show some phases of the production. You can see that about a half dozen people were involved. The end product resulted in two photographs, a beach version and winter snow version, which were downloaded to a computer to be stitched in making the final advertisement image.
February 9, 2014
To the Photographic Art World: This is in response to the Art & Design article in the New York Times “With Cameras Optional, New Directions in Photography, by Philip Gefter, January 23, 2014 (copy at the end of this response so those not familiar with this article can read it first).
“CoC” – What is a Photograph?
Many critics and curators put the two distinctly, uniquely different art forms under the single heading of “photography”. Their reasoning is either arbitrary or vague, and is a great disservice and detriment to photographic and compographic artists (my name “compograph” for artwork based on photographs, but creatively generated via computer/software).
If you enjoy the fine art and decorative qualities of photography, I have selected this image for you to help all those afflicted by the oil spill in the Gulf. Below you will find detailed information about owning this photograph. Two charities have been selected:
“Mr. James, what are you talking about? If you read the statistics you will find the number of happy clickers, the number of pictures taken, and the ways they can be taken has risen exponentially.” I might add the technical underpinnings of the image taking process has risen algorithmically as well, and this underlines the whole premise that photography, as we knew it, has reached its end…
Beautiful, imaginative, creative nature photography still thrives when Brian puts his eye to the camera. I like it, and therefor giving it the attention it deserves, and hopefully one day soon it may be exhibited at the gallery.