Monday, September 15, 2008

A century of Images

Throughout the process of watching these three videos the thing that kept crossing my mind was the enormity of photography that has occured since the inception or invention rather of the camera. We're looking at a device that has been around just over 1oo years and has completely changed the way developed nations interact with the world.
Other emerging technologies have also helped to perpetuate the rise of photography. The ability to take a photo and send that image to the other side of the world in a matter of minutes is almost surreal.
Aside from the technological discussion the videos prompted in my head I was also taken aback by the shear genius of so many artists who have utilized this device as their medium for art. It's funny how many painters and sculptors were dismissive of the camera as an artistic tool at the turn of the 19th century and yet it quickly became an accepted way to produce art. No doubt many talented photographers have utilized an innate capacity for art creation to make astounding images.
I chose this image because I think it does an amazing job of demonstrating the camera's enormous and almost unrivaled ability to capture emotion of the eyes and face.

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