29. The Photographic Image

'From today painting is dead!' These words, which greeted the discovery of photography, proved far from true.

The emergence of the medium of photography hastened the development of Modernist art, by clarifying the fact that the aim of art was never mere verisimilitude, and by beginning a fruitful interaction between photography and other arts. The radically cropped compositions of an artist like Degas paralleled effects occurring in photographs, while painters such as Bonnard and Vuillard employed photography in creating their paintings. Much later, photorealist artists (for example, Brendan Neiland) self-consciously emulated photographic effects, and photomontage artists created what were often politically loaded images from photographs. Photography itself, meanwhile, quickly came to be thought of as an art form in its own right, photographers often manipulating their imagery far beyond the bounds of the traditional representational image (see films 'Circle of Light' and 'Image of Light' in this section). Recent decades, too, have seen the emergence of the video camera as an artistic tool, creating worlds of curious, often caustic moving images (see films 'Processing the Signal' and 'Play it again Nam' in section 22).

Picasso: A Portrait
The Man behind the Legend
Man Ray
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Pleasures and Dangers
Six Women Artists at an Exciting Stage in their Careers
Circle of Light
The Photography of Pamela Bone
Image of Light
The Photography of Sir George Pollock
The Fresson Process
Photo Prints Using Carbon, a Unique Technique Offers Artistic Possibilities