The old masters painted the play of death and life. Nowadays photography catches the human condition — much better than any other artistic medium of our era
It’s taken me a very long time to observe this, and you may laugh at me if you prefer.
Photography is the critical art of the time. In addition, it appears to be the most democratic and accessible method of creating art that’s ever been invented. But first, let us define photography.
An image is an picture captured on paper, film or most commonly today — in electronic memory. Photography also includes transferring pictures recorded on video or film. Moving or still, most of us understand a picture isn’t a pure record of the visual universe: it could be edited and altered in boundless ways.
Moving or still, and yet it’s shot, whether pinhole camera or telephone, the photographic picture is the successor to the fantastic art of the past. It’s in movies by Don McCullin or movies from Martin Scorsese we see the authentic old master art of our own time. Why? Because photography relishes life. Photography is the fastest, most precise tool ever devised to record our own lives and deaths — 17th-century painters could have adored it.
Or when David Hockney is correct, they did enjoy it. Vermeer almost certainly employed a camera obscura to write his own scenes. Hockney considers that Caravaggio and a lot more artists employed a “secret knowledge” of ancient cameras to ideal their nearly hallucinatory comprehension of the visual universe .
But they did this, they painted the routine and play of real life. By birth into passing , fantastic artwork is a succession of moving images of the human state.
Now, photography is the sole artwork that seriously keeps this focus to the things that matters. Only look (since the world is appearing ) in this week’s incredible photos of a family living a crazy fire at Tasmania. Here’s the individual monster, vulnerable and epic.
Small of the raw human material makes it to the over-refined world of modern art, and once it does, it’s frequently because photographic images are recognized as art.
However, the photography that fulfills the criteria of this art world is only a very small sliver of this camera’s artistic wealth. And real life generates true artwork.
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