Sunday, September 21, 2008

Is Photography Dead?

Is photography dead? It's a question that was probably asked about painting, sculpture, and any number of other mediums throughout the history of the art world. The author of the article makes a good point. It does seem true that the age of photography acting as a sure sign of evidence or truth is over. Now, even the most uninformed of viewers will question the validity of a picture rather than accept it as was common before the age of digital manipulation of images. However, I do not believe that the introduction of new digital and imaging technologies will hurt the artistic value of photography in any way. As a matter of fact, it removes many limitations that were before photographers in the first place. Now, the aesthetic appeal, or even the subject matter is no longer based solely on reality or what the artist can capture through a lens. Now, the only limits placed upon an image is that of the artists imagination or the abilities of the technology. I believe that as long as the product of an artist can reach the emotions, intellect, or imagination of the viewer, there is true value in the art.

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