I recently read and article written by a photography who had created an image of two birds in flight. After capturing the image the photographer made a few changes to the exposure and composition in Photoshop. The final image was spectacular, but comments on the article were very critical of the “photoshopped” vision of the image. One reader even argued that there was no place for this in photography. This got me thinking, what is the mean of photography and is photography art? The word “photography” comes from the Greek words phōtos which means “light” and the word graphé which means of lines” or “drawing”, together meaning “drawing with light. Hmm, drawing with light, that sounds like it could be art to me.
There are clearly different interpretations of photography, some may view it as an art form and some may view it as only a way to document facts. Each form can stand alone without the other. The author of the article was clearly creating an artistic image and to judge his work in any other way is not fair to the meaning of the word photography.
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