Photography is incredibly diverse. As a practice it has a rich history full of masters, amateurs, commercial professionals and absolutely wonderful hacks. It can be art, it can be advertisement, it can be family memory. It can be all those things at the same time. One thing it is not, I’ll guarantee you, is something that people usually agree on. Put ten photographers in a room and ask them what makes a good photograph and you run the risk of sparking a fist fight. Hell, put ten photographers in a room and most of them will tell you the other nine aren’t real photographers.
Put ten art professors in a room and ask them if photography is art. I hope you brought coffee. Put ten of the greatest photographs of all time side-by-side and figure out what they have in common. Harder than you might suspect. It’s awfully complicated for a practice that is, at it’s simplest, the act of letting light through a piece of glass to record an image on a sensitive medium of one sort or another. And you really don’t even need the glass.
It’s wonderful though. Those images. Landscapes. Portraits. Street. Reportage. Fashion. Constructed. Deconstructed. Film. Digital. Phone. Natural light, created light.
Adams. Cartier-Bresson. Abbott. Bourke-White. Evans. Erwitt. Leiter. Capa. Maier. Leibovitz. Cornish. Rowell. Duchemin. And on and on and on.
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