Photography as Art
Almost from the moment of its birth, photography began
staking out claims in areas that had long been reserved for
Some artists refused to accept photography as an art form. In
1862 a group of French artists formally protested that
photography was a soulless, mechanical process, “never
resulting in works which could ever be compared with those
works which are the fruits of intelligence and the study of art”
On the other hand, the invention of the photography caused
considerable concern to many artists, who saw their means of
livelihood coming to an end. Some even claimed that painting
was dead.
Many artists turned to photography, while some used
photography as an artistic aid.