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Why did “pure” photography displace pictoralism so completely?

Originally, the first photographers were more concerned with the science and technology of photography than with art, and the results were largely dry point-and-shoot affairs. This relatively quickly ...
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Why do people say they like “art” and “photography”, instead of just “art”?

Always puzzle me to hear people list photography (in the context of it being art) and something different than art. Is there a reason for this historically?
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What makes this Eggleston picture great?

What makes this Eggleston picture great? I'm being a little provocative here, I actually like the picture, but... It is just a rusty toy; you can find one like it almost everywhere. Ok, the ...
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How to reproduce Renaissance painting styles in photography?

Rembrandt lighting is a well-known technique to produce Chiaroscuro, presentation of depth using light and shadow areas. But in addition to Chiaroscuro, there were three other painting modes in the ...
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What was the “New York School” of photography?

My art history knowledge consists of half-remembered intro-level courses. I learned from following this question that Saul Leiter was a member of or made contributions to something called "The New ...