Photography


How the camera changed art?

 

There is composition and balance in this picture. The head and eyes of the photographer, the hands, the camera and its lens form a path that ends just in this group of words. A camera in the hands of an artist can be a powerful creative tool. Without any doubt, this machine has been one of the greatest contributions to art. Do you agree or disagree? Yes, sometimes, technology shows its generosity.

I recall the days when I was working as a graphic artist in a publishing company, when we formed teams of four or five people to produce a book. Suddenly, the computer took over and just one person was doing all our tasks in less time. That was it.  Nevertheless, talking about the camera, technology effects were very different during the second half of the nineteen century. By that time, the academies of art considered the best artists the ones able to replicate the masterpieces of famous artists. Families and individuals have to wait their turn to be in a painted portrait. Photography changed all these traditions. More than that, it gave strength to the modernists that were looking to do different  forms of art. The camera was doing an excellent job with portraits, landscapes, etc.

I believe that this change gave to the artist new opportunities to create more ways of expression. Also, it opened their minds to explore and understand meanings in the rest of artifacts from an immense diversity of cultures all around the world.
The effective ability of photography for copying the physical world,  provoked the artist to take the risk to walk into a broad abstract dimension.

Nowadays, photography is everywhere, from the camera in your cell phone to the amazing effects in movies. Nonetheless,  you find the power of critical thinking and understanding in artist’s creations in museums and galleries. Creations done, not from the outside in, but from the inside out. That is the difference.