PHOTOGRAPHY IS AN ELEMENT THAT IS NOW PART OF OUR EVERYDAY LIFE. WITH SOCIAL MEDIA WE ARE DEALING WITH THIS FORM OF ART MORE AND MORE, IN A PRESENT IN WHICH AN AVERAGE OF 3600 PHOTOS PER SECOND ARE UPLOADED TO THE NETWORK. BUT WHAT IS CONSIDERED ART AND WHAT IS NOT?
In the last thirty years photography has undergone a remarkable evolution characterized by radical changes resulting in different currents.
ARTS AND PHOTOGRAPHY
In the 80s and 90s the barrier between art and photography got broken: fashion photographers are not limited to the publishing world anymore but begin to expand their horizons and even reach museums. Among the big names are David LaChapelle and Annie Leibovitz.
In the same years, socially aware and critical images give life to conceptual photography. Barbara Kruger, through photography, collage and graphics, gives life to messages based on feminism and society’s judgments, while Robert Mapplethorpe with classical precision and aesthetics creates images of sadomasochism and homoeroticism.
With the digital, the image can reflect infinite visual variations. It is no longer a matter of representing reality and every artist is in fact free to provide his interpretation. In this context, two important names to mention are: Nick Knight, visionary photographer who constantly challenges the conventional concept of beauty, and Solve Sundsbo, famous for his advanced photo editing techniques such as 3D scanning and hand-painted retouching.
Most of the modern photography is considered immaterial for two reasons. Previously, it took a lot of time, effort and materials to get an image (film rolls, cameras, dark rooms, laboratories). All this today takes a few seconds, also thanks to a mobile phone. Furthermore an image can be created thanks to advanced technologies and software. These factors are combined with their universal accessibility.
That the cult of photography is slowly losing?