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Old April 19th, 2004, 05:08 PM
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Why Photography Has Supersized Itself

Article: Why Photography Has Supersized Itself
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Summary: A discussion on the evolution of photography on an "enlarged" scale. While originally photography was limited to a smaller print size due to a lack of quality paper and limitations of equipment able to enlarge photographs. Now, however, because of advancement not only to equipment, but also the quality of paper available, photography is now easily enlarged to be viewed much like paintings. The article states that the growth in the size of photographs has been due to "a long-standing feeling in the art world that photography was, perhaps, a second-class citizen... once it became possible to make authoritative large-scale prints, photographers could challenge the other arts, especially painting, on a level playing field."

Any photography can now be made to look huge, but, as stated in the article, not every photograph warrents such an honour. "For too many photographers, however, bigger is not better, a weak image doesn't suddenly look important when it's blown up to the size of a store window."


Question: Do you agree that in the past photography has been viewed in the art community as a "second-class citizen"? Have you ever had any photographs "enlarged" and placed on display?
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Old April 20th, 2004, 01:12 AM
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I've never really thought of photography as second-class to painting or sculpting, but I guess that makes sense that in the art community, it could be viewed like that. I'm not sure if the advancements will really change that feeling, though, if it really exists... I do have a picture I took slightly enlarged and I made several copies of it and framed it for members of my family... it was a picture of our old dog
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Old April 20th, 2004, 10:14 PM
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I've never really had a conversation about photography being 2nd-class to painting or anything, but I can see why that would be the case... I, of course, would disagree, though... hehe. I've never had any of my pictures ever displayed in a gallery or anything... but maybe one day!
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Old May 3rd, 2004, 01:16 AM
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I've talked to painters who said this, that painting was a "higher art" than photogrphy. I can sort of see their point, but don't know whether or not I agree. The main thing is to enjoy it, whether it's painting, photography, or both.
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Old May 3rd, 2004, 01:57 AM
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Exactly... I don't see it as a competition... while they are both art, they are very different and take different skills...
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Old May 9th, 2004, 03:37 PM
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Exactly... I don't see it as a competition... while they are both art, they are very different and take different skills...
Yeah, good point. A lot of people don't realize the skill and time it can take to snap a great photograph... trust me, I've been trying!
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Old June 17th, 2004, 11:41 PM
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To me photography is 2nd to painting. Just cuz not anyone can pick upa brush and create something really nice looking, but alot can do that with a camera. Id rather spend $$$$ on a nice painting than a nice photograph personally. Hopefully those that want to buy my work doesnt agree with that *smirks*. Theres also something nice about the texture of a painting, its not flat like a painting.
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Old June 17th, 2004, 11:49 PM
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But a really good photograph can really bring alive a scene... I guess it's personal opinion, but I would take a great photograph over a painting any day. Otherwise this might have been PaintographyCorner.com
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Just combine the 2. Take a picture and using software convert it into a painting and with other software get a painter *not printer* that paints the print with brush strokes. :0). Im sure its been done.

And some paintings can really bring a scene alive as well. I got a couple nice ones of wildlife at a yard sale last year. well more than a couple.
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Photography has had to struggle since it's easrly days to even be recognized as an artform. Even today, go to most book stores and look at where the photography books are placed. It's only been in the last 10 years that stores and libraries have started placing phorography books in the art section.

Grab a college catalog,, and see which department houses the photography classes. Again, inclusion as an art is within the last 10-15 years.

I believe that photography is just as much an artform as any other. In many respects it's even more difficult an artform to practice.

The writer creates from a blank page. The painter creates from a blank canvas. The photographer has to find a subject and pull art from it.

Just my $0.02.
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