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There was a time that the art world rejected photography as a legitimate art form. Ansel Adams and others from his era did a fine job of changing that. But even to this day some within the art community do not believe photography is art. What accounts for this? I think, simply, most photographs are not art, and many photographers are not artists.
|My Heart Or My Grave? - Tehachapi, California|
There is a misconception that a photograph is truthful. Certainly you have heard of "photographic evidence" and that "pictures never lie." But every picture lies, or at least isn't completely truthful. The photographer is biased, choosing how to compose the image (what to include and exclude) and what settings the camera should have. The camera and lens (and film, if applicable) are biased, too, with regard to color, contrast, hue, dynamic range, sharpness, etc., etc.
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I think the reason for the misconception is that photographs look real. There is so much detail contained in an image, it looks like reality. And if it looks like reality, it must be reality, right? But it isn't.
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The artist photographer must have vision in order to be successful. Since there are no boundaries, the artist photographer is free to be creative. Whatever his or her imagination can dream up can be made into a photograph.
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