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“Not have I found the limits of the photographic potential. Every horizon, upon being reached, reveals another beckoning in the distance. Always, I’m on the threshold.” -W. Eugene Smith

The invention of the camera liberated painting from its reportage role. Gone was the need to generate a likeness, detail the events of the story, painting was free to express emotions. True what choose to go before contained an emotional content however now painting could experiment and through imaginative interpretation enable the emotional content to predominate.

Because the 19th century evolved and throughout the 20th century painters from the impressionists through the cubists and expressionists to the minimalists could to utilize colour, line and form to go right to the emotional content of their work. The representational facet of the task become coincidental and was pushed to the level that it became akin to lying on the grass making shapes out of clouds. Enjoyable as it may be it’s secondary to the type of clouds.

The introduction of the digital darkroom has given this freedom to photographers. The range of tools to fix and improve the camera’s capture when pushed to its extremes produces a selection of fascinating effects abstract photos. When included with the filters constructed into the higher software, images can be produced that any comparison to the first photograph is purely coincidental.

With the usage of these tools, the skilled photographic artist may take the pop song and create, in visual terms, the lyric beauty of a baroque symphony or the down town jive of a jazz variation with out a tree or high rise in sight. Just the light captured by the camera and fine tuned into something very different, something new that comes from the photographer.

The photographer has been liberated just like the painter before them by technology. Now photographs can explore the total array of human experience including those that have no words to express them. Large statements is going to be accessible by the photographer not just in physical terms. Like their painter counterparts a large canvas has become the order of the day. That this canvas can express feelings rather than just illustrate them denotes that the photograph is becoming a grownup in the arts

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