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Questions for Philisophical Discussion
- What features of this photographic portrait stand out for you?
- Does this photograph contain an expression of the photographer’s attitude towards its subject?
- What does the photograph convey about the person portrayed in it?
- How does learning that the person in the photograph is the photographer’s wife change your understanding of it if at all?
- In what sense do you think photographs resemble the things they are of? Are they different than paintings in this way?
- Do you trust a photograph more than you trust a painting? In what way(s)? Why? Are there ways in which you trust paintings more than photographs?
Photography Overview and Resources
Photography is an art form that came into existence in the mid-nineteenth century. At the outset, photography consisted of the recording of light on a photo-sensitive emulsion. In recent decades, digital technology has replaced the photo-chemical one, transforming the nature of photography. Because photography reproduced reality in a naturalistic manner, it caused a crisis in traditional painting and the art world at large.
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