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Photography as Art: Looking at the Images and the Arguments

Roddy Simpson

in The Photography of Victorian Scotland

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780748654611
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780748676729 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748654611.003.0009
Photography as Art: Looking at the Images and the Arguments

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This chapter focuses on the debate over whether photography was an art. Arguments were expressed for and against but many influences were at play, and it was acknowledged that there was a close interrelationship between photography and art. To gain an understanding of the reluctance of some people to acknowledge photography as an art, the context of Victorian society has to be considered, particularly that of the artistic community.

Keywords: photographs; art; Victorian society; photography

Chapter.  7435 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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