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Who were the Bauhaus photographers and what was their impact on commercial and artistic photography today?

The Bauhaus was a German art, craft, and design school which operated between the World Wars. I was recently at an exhibit of works — mostly paintings, architectural drawings, and sculpture — which ...
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Why is “The Steerage” hailed “one of the greatest photographs of all time”?

From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Steerage: The Steerage is a photograph taken by Alfred Stieglitz in 1907. It has been hailed as one of the greatest photographs of all time because it ...
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What's the ultimate objective of photography?

What is the ultimate objective of artistic photography? (Let's exclude photography for journalism.) My understanding is that the objective is to make an emotional impact on the viewer. I could also ...
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Why are the Becher typologies considered artistically valuable?

What is so important about pictures of smelting furnaces, grain elevators and water towers ?
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Is it normal business practice for a contest site to solicit submissions and then, later, ask for a fee?

First of all, this is only rudimentary related to this board's topic. I checked the site list, though, and this one seemed the most appropriate. I am a hobbyist photographer. Some days ago, I was ...
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How to avoid reflections on glass pane in museum? [duplicate]

I want to photograph objects exhibited behind a glass pane in a museum. How can I avoid the annoying reflections on the glass pane? The example shown here is from the Kunstkammer of the ...
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How can I best photograph the Infinity Mirrors exhibit by Yayoi Kusama?

I'd like to take pictures of Yayoi Kusama's exhibit, The Infinity Mirrors. This exhibit a collection of mirrored rooms, usually darkly lit. What are some tips on photographing in dark, mirrored rooms?...
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I know what a bad photo is, so why do I keep taking them?

9 out of 10 photos that I take are boring, and this is immediately apparent when I look at a new batch on my computer screen. Since I'm fully capable of identifying a bad photo, why can't I stop ...
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How do I use an infrared filter to photograph underwriting on a painting?

I have a painting where one can see underwriting under the painting. I purchased a used Olympus E-510 and a 950nm IR filter, but I cannot figure out how to use it. Do I have the correct filter? I ...
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“Digital Art Frames”: crop / fill / what? content to a fixed aspect ratio? (16:9 or 9:16)

Background: I do not wish to debate their merits or lack thereof, but of late I have been experimenting with a couple of "digital art frames" - these are 37" diagonal, 1920x1080 HD, in a nice frame, ...
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Podcast Cover Art Help! [closed]

My Photographer Shot in Raw with 885 × 1024 dimensions. I need this for a podcast cover at 1,400 x 1400 pixels -3,000 x 3000. Please help?
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Are any photographers known to intentionally make “creative” use of front/back focus settings of a camera?

A couple of weeks back I was testing my lenses for front/back focus, and an idea struck me: it's entirely possible to setup the camera to constantly back or front focus, so to permanently change the ...
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Homemade photographic emulsion DiY formula / recipe

Does anyone have a photosensitive emulsion recipe that effectively works and personal experience working with it? Please consider that i have access to lab conditions and some college level ...
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How can I find places to exhibit my photography?

I have a series of projects that I would like to exhibit. I have done some small exhibitions in the past / and presentations and I have a fair few friends who are artists and exhibit their work. I am ...
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Why are mystery and ambiguity valued in art photography when they're not positive in normal life?

This question is based on following observations and quotes In engineering, and in most part of human life, ambiguity and mystery is not a good thing. In art photography, mystery is very important ...
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How can I control figure-to-ground composition when I can't stage the whole scene?

Figure-to-Ground is something caught my attention recently in a video "Bridging the Gap: Classical Art Designed for Photographers". This technique makes photos really readbale – and clearly tells what ...
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If viewers don't respond to the rule of thirds, why do some photographers still emphasize it?

Previous posts (1, 2) explain the concept of the Rule of Thirds and the Golden Ratio. Some previous answers state that the Rule of Thirds is the Golden Ratio, but that is not true. The two are ...
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How should I develop a portfolio for art school?

I am currently in high school developing a portfolio for art school. I would like some advice on how to develop a theme for a portfolio. And any advice as to how to stay consistent with the theme.
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How to make ordinary extra-ordinary without juxtaposition? [closed]

If you ask street photographers what is a good photographer, many of them would say – “something that make ordinary extra-ordinary”. Which is a truth and even many masters would agree with that. ...
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Can anyone identify this (allegedly) Ansel Adams photo of an ornate interior?

My wife purchased this photographic print some years ago. It is signed "Ansel Adams" on the back (it could be a stamp, or it could be an actual signature in pencil). The subject matter is a Middle ...
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Where can I find good example pictures for the influence of focal length on image composition

In this answer, Stan argues that having the choice between many focal lenghts in a large range is essential for studio photography, making a zoom lens a good choice. This was surprising to me as a ...
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What are some good examples of using ND filter with wide apertures?

Usually pictures shot with ND filters look like this one. The typical recommendation is to combine ND filter with narrow aperture to get slower shutter speed. This results in a very big depth of field....
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How to do 360 Polar Panorama in Photography? [duplicate]

I Have here a 360 Panorama picture from random Web search: I want to ask how to do this, do I need some special lens or any equipment to do this? It's kind a tricky I guess.
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An intro to “conceptual” fine-art photography?

In many photo clubs and professional fine art photography, is very common to show "conceptual" photo essays or photo series. That is, there is a unifying idea behind a compilation of images, and ...
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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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Is this type of photo manipulation still violating copyright law?

I am a photo student and I am doing a photo series on contemporary art. I plan to take pictures of contemporary art from printed books (photo of a published photo of an art work). And I will be ...
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Steps towards becoming an amazing creative model photographer?

How do I become this guy someday - http://vonwong.com/ ? Specifically, I'd like to one day be able to make photos that exude creativity using a full set of studio equipment, special effects and ...
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Who is the Japanese photographer famous for long-exposure daylight shots of busy intersections?

I am trying to write a message to a friend where I compare their work to a famous Japanese photographer whose work I was familiar with in 2008. For some reason Google is now flooded with the millions ...
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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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Is photomontage photography?

I frequent 500px and enjoy viewing and voting the photos there. I thought I was mostly looking at photography on this site but it seems that my eyes were fooled more then a few times. (And this is not ...
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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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Is technical perfection necessary for an artistically awe-inspiring photograph?

What is your feeling in front of an awe-inspiring photograph (with really good composition, light, color, depth of field, etc.) but with unsatisfactory technical qualities (for example: JPEG artefacts,...
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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 ...
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What photographer took this mid 20th-century color photograph?

Can anyone please identify who is the photographer of this picture and what is the name of the picture? It appears taken in middle of 20th century (1950s?) in a rural place. It looks like summer. A ...
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Can one make good photographs with artistic sense but little real technical skill?

I used to practice photography, but I quit for a while after getting burned out, because I was not able to catch exactly what I was seeing at the moment — never same light, never same colors. I know ...
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What are the symbolic meanings of the position of hands in images?

In photography as well as in paintings (especially those from the middle ages, where a lot of symbols were used), the position of the hands often means a lot; does anyone know a list of all those ...
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How do I choose a title for a photograph?

I'm taking a lot of pictures and publishing them online even showing a few in a gallery but... I have a hard time thinking up names for them! I'm not entirely comfortable numbering them, and I think ...
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What does it mean for a photograph to be “high key”?

As I learned the term, a high-key image is one where the shadows are effectively eliminated, and the mid-tone detail pushed into brighter zones. My question is simple: is this an accurate definition, ...
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What size should I print at for gallery shows?

So, let's assume I have taken some great shots, and secured a gallery presentation. I have shots of extremely varying aspect ratios, and many themes. Now I have to order prints. What size should I ...
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What are some good places to buy photo prints online? [closed]

I'm looking for artwork that has already been produced by the artist. Lots of artists have their own sites setup, but is there some kind of aggregator that has a bunch of them altogether?
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Which photographer do you find inspirational? [closed]

As a change from the technical flavour of our questions I would like to turn to photography as an art, so I am afraid this is inevitably subjective. Which photographer, in your mind, is especially ...
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Does a photographer take pictures or make pictures?

Most people speak of the process of photography as taking pictures. However, many serious photographers instead refer to making pictures. One might be inclined to dismiss this as jargon, but there's ...
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What makes a photo a good photo?

I don't know if this is a stupid question, this just came across my mind. Imagine a photo of a dog yawning. Someone could say that is a very good photo as it is taken just at the right moment, from ...