Midterm Position Paper Draft 2

Midterm Position Paper Draft 2 - Jason Lau Midterm Position...

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Jason Lau Midterm Position Paper 2/22/12 Photography upon its invention has struggled as an art form. Sontag in her essays states that “photography has the unappealing reputation as being one of the most realistic, therefore facile, of the mimetic arts” ( MLA citation ). Photography was never seen as something that could amount to the aesthetic value that traditional paintings had. There was nothing in the world that would be able to compete with the beauty and imagination of the human mind. However, photographers through experimentation learned to master their medium and create pieces of art that rivaled paintings. They were able to advance photography to share the same prestige that paintings enjoyed. Photography became a medium of expression has the same if not more potential than paintings. Because photographs are limited in subject material, some argue that photographers are not able to operate at their maximum level of creativity. The nature of photography and the camera limits the contents of a photograph to physical objects. In this sense, the contents of a photograph are restricted to what already exists. If a photographer wants to photograph a mountain, they must travel to where one physically exists. Photographers essentially do not have the ability of creation; they only have the ability of replication. As Berger states in his essay on
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