The debate persists century after century. Can photography really be considered an art form and why? Many opines that photography fits neither as a science nor as an art. The debate against photography as an art is further heightened by mobile technology which currently ensures that almost each person owns a camera on their phone then saving it on their laptop for better storage: here are some laptop reviews. The ease of snapping, viewing and sharing the picture negatively impacts photography’s case as an art. The quality of camera technology used to take a photograph also impacts its consideration as an art. Nonetheless, the auction of professional photographs for millions of dollars these days indicates the audiences’ appreciation of photography as an art. The debate may continue endlessly. However, there is more than one reason photography is also considered an art.
Fine art inspired the creation of photography. Early photographers mimicked and adapted the subjects of fine artists or painters. Like the artists, they photographed landscapes, nudes, portraits and still life. The modern photographers emulate their photography predecessors and focus their photography on similar subjects like landscapes, wildlife, nudes and still life. Before a photographer even presses his shutter, the influence of art is already evident in his composition.
- Thought and Creativity
The existence of snapshots, instant photos, and their massive reproduction cannot degrade the quality of professional photographs hanging in galleries across the world. There exists a clear difference between a photograph posted on Facebook and one hanging in a gallery. Photographers put a lot of thought and creativity in their professional photographs. The final product displayed in a gallery shows a clear relationship between the subject and the photographer or artist. The lighting, subject composition, angle and other components in the photograph show that the photographer spent time thinking and creating the photo. The photographs are different from a “selfie” shared on twitter. Therefore, photography should not lose its place as an art due to the availability of technology.
- The Camera as the Artist’s Pen
Most arguments consider a camera as a scientific or technical tool. However, it is the photographer’s equivalent of an artist’s pen. The landscapes and portraits drawn by an artist have many similarities with the portraits and landscapes in photographs. The main difference is that a camera produces an image with more accuracy compared to a pen[www.shutterfeet.com/the-canon-t5i-vs-t6i]. Ori Gresh freezes flowers with liquid nitrogen, blows them up and photographs the flying metal debris. He uses a camera as his tool to interpret the reality. A painter could do the same with his paint brush although it would not be as accurate.
- Professional vs. Amateur
An amateur photographer can produce a photograph of decent quality. However, an amateur artist cannot produce high-quality paintings or portraits. These facts do not necessarily mean that photography is not an art. Art interprets reality through the artist’s mind. When audiences look at the portrait they try to understand the artist’s point of view. Audiences find both paintings and photographs at galleries and auction appealing. They appreciate them with different reactions, opinions, and comments. The work of amateurs does not affect the audiences’ appreciation for both art forms. Therefore, photography is indeed an art.