Photography as a Fine Art; The Achievements and Possibilities of Photographic Art in America

Photography as a Fine Art; The Achievements and Possibilities of Photographic Art in America

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...however, to give utterance to the thought. The creative power is lacking, and this is the distinguishing characteristic of the artist. He is the creator; and, the more we realize this, the greater our delight in art which involves a personal expression, and the less interest we feel in the process which merely records facts. In the early stages of photography man's interest was captured by the camera's ability to record facts; today, the artist's aim is to make it record his impressions of the fact, and to express in the print his personal feeling. The camera's ability was overrated. Because it can take in so much more detail than the human eye, its accuracy of vision was regarded as infallible; whereas, in effect, it is less accurate than the trained eye, falsifying the record by undue enlargement of the objects near, and diminution of those more remote. So the artist in his search after truth has set himself, first of all, to correct the camera's failmgsTiot, however, in the generally accepted way, as, for example, by eliminating every inequality in the features of a portrait and reducing them to the simpering smoothness of a milliner's wax model. This is the commonplace method, aided and abetted by the vanity of the sitter. I have heard it stated, in connection with a portrait, that the artist would have done well to soften down the prominence of the bones in the lady's neck. For my own part, I think the lady would have done better to cover up her bony neck. The prominence of these bones has a physiological relation to her character, and for the artist to have clothed them with firm, soft flesh would have been to contradict the expression of the face. But this is dangerous ground! Let us leave it for the safer one of landscape. Suppose...show more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236854705
  • 9781236854704