Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Addition of Photograpy to Media

Photography forever altered what would eventually become know as the media. New innovations such as the camera obscura allowed newspapers to add a sense of credibility to their media because people had more than the word of the reporters to rely, there was actual evidence that people could examine eventually when techniques were developed to publish the actual photos. It led eventually to it's development into an art form, held in the same regard as painting and sculpting. Photography also led to the inevitable development of the motion pictures, and a whole industry grew out of that and continues to this day.It's long term effects might not be as obvious as say the printing press, but photography has played and continues to play a important role in our society.


At 10:52 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

The "camera obscura" was not actually a photographic camera (although that's where the name comes from.) It was a darkened room (or box) with a hole in one side to let the light in.

Photography was not immediately accepted as an artform. Why not? What were the arguments against photography as an art rather than a technical means of reproduction?


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