Sunday, September 14, 2008

American Photography

I really liked the movie American Photography. It was interesting to watch how photography changed over the years. Some discussions that stuck out to me was how people saw different things when viewing a photo. Some people would look at a photo and see a distant relative while others saw it as the fashion of an era. Another topic was how some photos are misleading, whether its a photo of a happy family or the American Indians, these photos do not tell the whole story of what is going on at the time the photo was taken.

The one question I have from watching this movie is if this is the reason photography has had a hard time entering the art community? I mean art is associated with the artist interpretation of an object and photography is associated with the truth. We use photography in the news, to show wars, other cultures, and proof of the thing that we have seen. To combine these forms together people would not know what to trust anymore (just a thought).

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