Homework Help

Is photography an art?Or just it is manly a social rite, and a tool of power. Given...

user profile pic

mbuyi | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 27, 2010 at 10:06 PM via web

dislike -1 like
Is photography an art?

Or just it is manly a social rite, and a tool of power. Given your own experience of taking picture,

4 Answers | Add Yours

user profile pic

krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted September 27, 2010 at 10:31 PM (Answer #2)

dislike 0 like

Photography is a an activity which can be learned and practiced by people with ease. Even without too/much of skills of photography and use of creativity people can take good photographs for their own satisfaction and that of their near and dear ones.

These skills of photography may also be used by people to impress others and to boost their own ego. But that does not make photography just a social rite or a tool of power. The art and practice of photography can be practiced with great skill and innovation, and putting in a great deal of efforts to find and access the subjects of photography. This makes photography also a very valuable form of art.

I do not have much to say in terms of my own experiences of talking pictures, which is primarily limited to taking photographs for fun and enjoyment of myself and my near and dear ones.

user profile pic

lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted October 28, 2010 at 3:21 PM (Answer #3)

dislike 0 like

I would say that photography is definitely a form of art. Even in today's digital world the photographer must compose the picture in a way that it is pleasing to view. I think if you look at the work of some of the great photographers you would have to agree that it is an art form.

user profile pic

Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 30, 2010 at 2:46 PM (Answer #4)

dislike 0 like

Photography clearly can be an art.  Casual picture-taking is not generally particularly artful, it's true.  However, seeing the world through a lens is always an opportunity for art to happen--in books, movies, or photography.  What to "shoot," what not to "shoot"; what to leave in, what to edit out; what light or angle to use; how fast or slow to close the aperture for the desired effect; these are all similar forms of artfulness and composition to those "real" artists use.  Done intentionally and with some passion, photography is clearly an art form.

Lori Steinbach

user profile pic

john-mcgarity | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 6, 2012 at 8:53 AM (Answer #5)

dislike 0 like

Speaking as someone who's done it for almost a decade, I have to say that I always thought it was art, even before I picked up my first camera. I teach a creative photography class that I call "painting with light" because that is essentially what photography is: using light, whether its manipulating existing light or creating light to capture a scene, convey a concept, evoke a thought or emotion.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes