Thursday, February 26, 2009

KUDOS to Nicephore Niepce!

As an artist myself, I find it fascinating how photography came about and the evolution that it has went through. Early photography  was first discovered by Nicephore Niepce in 1829 and developed his first piece by making a sun burning of the landscape onto a sheet of metal by using chemicals to enhance the image. Newer photography today is taken with a high definition camera and digitally saved onto a computer chip. Photography then and now plays a huge part in the media because it gives the reader a stimulus to read more. Not only did the media benefit from this but also the artists painting portraits. The still photo technique called the "daguerrotypes" were used to have family or personal portraits done of the higher class and the aristocrats that wanted to be higher class. If a family wanted to get a portrait done of their family before, the would hire a paint artist to paint the family. But now this opened a whole new area for art and redefined what art was at this time. Through the growth of media however, is where photography really made its success happen. As an artist, this is when the art world was recognized as being more useful than just drawing doodles on canvas.

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At 11:11 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

Photography was not accepted as an art at first. Some still question if it on the same level as the traditional fine arts. Painting remains a more prestigious medium. Why? What is it about photography that makes it a second class art-form?


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