The Big Debate – Is Photography an Art Form?

photos pictures show Photographers' Gallery, London

 

Two recent articles by Jonathan Jones –  the Guardian’s influential art critic –  has re-ignited this time-worn debate about photography and it’s legitimacy as an art form.

read the full pieces here:

 

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2014/nov/13/why-photographs-dont-work-in-art-galleries

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2014/dec/10/most-expensive-photograph-ever-hackneyed-tasteless

 

The articles sparked an impassioned defence from many of photography’s leading exponents and supporters, perhaps most notably from the Guardian’s leading writer on Photography, Sean O’Hagen.

Read his retort here:

 

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/dec/11/photography-is-art-sean-ohagan-jonathan-jones

 

So taking these views into account, can we in this day and age finally accept that photography stands as an art form in it’s own right, or does it still play second fiddle to the widely accepted pillars of art such as painting and sculpture?

 

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Alderley Edge Autumn Fieldtrips 2014

For the attention of current Level One Evening Photography students.

Alderley Edge

Just a reminder that the ABC Level One Photography group will be visiting Alderley Edge as part of their course.
The dates are either Sunday 26th Octber or Saturday 8th November. Please note the first date is this weekend!
The first session is fully subscribed but there are still places available on the 8th November trip for those who missed the sign up.

For each session we will be meeting at 10am in the National Trust car park next to The Wizard pub on the B5087 Macclesfield Road between Alderley Edge and Macclesfield.
There is a map link here: http://goo.gl/maps/tvXrf

Please bring a 35mm film camera if you have one of your own. If not we will have a supply of college film cameras to borrow for the session. We will also have a stock of black and white film to purchase on the day. Film will cost £5 per roll.

We will be staying for at least a couple of hours and we will be shooting a roll of black and white film each concentrating on form, pattern and texture.
You should also use your digital cameras to take plenty of shots too. Again look at form, pattern and texture but also try to capture the autumn colours we should get at this time of year.

There will be a briefing before we set off taking photographs. Please arrive at 10 am for the briefing and to pick up a college camera and some film.

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Long Exposure Photography

A selection of images from the Monday evening beginners photography group.

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Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light

 

 

Richard Avedon was  a 20th century giant of fashion and portrait photography who effortlessly straddled the line between commercial and personal work, sustaining his unique vision throughout. This documentary gives a great account of his work and the restless charisma  of the man behind it.

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Apples, Pears and Paint: How to Make a Still Life Painting

For ABC students and anyone else with a remote interest in still life, this comprehensive account of the genres history  covers everything from the Renaissance, right up to today’s photography/video offerings. Expires on Iplayer on Sunday 12/01/14 so catch it while you can!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03ny8wk/Apples_Pears_and_Paint_How_to_Make_a_Still_Life_Painting/

 

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Long Live Film

Earlier this year, Indie Film Lab, a lab dedicated to film shooters, decided to take a road trip. It was from Montgomery, Alabama to Las Vegas, Nevada. During that time they made a documentary about it. It is called “Long Live Film” on the trip they talked about why they shoot film. They talked with other photographers about how they feel about film photography. In essence its about their love of film photography.

Via: http://www.thephoblographer.com/2013/11/19/long-live-film-documentry-live/

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Dodge and Burn Look in Photoshop in 20 Seconds

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