Changes In Modern Art And Photography

Art and Photography go hand in hand. Both are part of the larger field called ‘Sciences’. Art is concerned with the visual arts such as painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and printmaking. Photography includes still-life, portrait, and landscape photography. Together, art and photography form the ‘field’ of contemporary visual arts.

Fine Art Photography

Fine art photography comprises of photography made in accordance with the specific vision of the artist as artist, using specialized photography as a medium for expression. The main objective of fine art photography is to communicate an idea, a message, or even an emotion. A typical fine art photo is a work of art that communicates something about the subject matter/situation. Some examples of such photos include Wedding photography, which depicts a bride and groom taking their wedding photographs before their walk down the aisle. Still-life photography illustrate daily objects such as dishes, tables, chairs, and other items. Gallery wrapped drawings are also in the category of fine art pictures.

Art and photography have developed separately over the centuries. Early paintings and photographic prints were discovered around 1900. The evolution of art and photography can be traced back to the 19th century French enlightenment and art Nouveau movement. During this period of time, artists started to experiment with new materials, such as oils and watercolour.

Starting from this period, photography gradually evolved into a more refined and artistic form. The photographer developed his own unique style which later became known as ‘photojournalism’. The style was based on the ‘frame-by-frame’ method which was later popularized by famous photographer Robert Capra. The images captured in this way were later used for documentation and teaching purposes. Over a period of time, the popularity of photographic photography increased, especially among the intelligentsia.

Historical Roots

The term ‘photography’ is derived from the Greek word phytonos, which means picture. Photography was then used by the artisans and professionals for professional purposes. In general, pictures taken using the available resources can be termed as pictorialism. Some famous examples of pictorialism include the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper and The Message of Love.

The most important advantage of using photographic devices is that you can manipulate colours and the image resolution. All these factors are vital if one wants to make the most of a photograph. Modern technology has made colour printing possible, thus enhancing the creativity of the photographs. Modern photography has achieved international status. The fact that there are countless websites that allow anyone to download a photograph, highlights the fact that there is no end to new technologies in this field.

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