Watch Your Language:
Art and Photography.
This is quite a difficult post to put together because
I'm writing about something that I sense is
wrong, but am not sure if I can put it into
Being a photographer I often notice the phrase: Art and Photography.
I've heard it twice in the last
week on National Radio.
There is something
about this phrase that makes me wince.
I feel that it is possible that if deconstructed it
could be found to contain some residual prejudice against
photography as a medium, after all, one does not hear:
Art and Painting.
Or: Art and Sculpture.
There is a hierarchy in the media used by artists in making
Until recently anyway, Paint has been King.
Centuries of this being so seems to have hardwired the concept into people's brains.
A medium such as Printmaking, for example, would be much further down their hierarchy. I mention this medium because I like
woodcuts and linocuts, although my impression is
that these two have almost disappeared at present.
The idea that a serious artist could choose a camera rather than
a brush, is one, which for many, seems to
take a lot of swallowing.
I don't believe in the idea that any one medium is
inherently superior to another of course. I don't think
that's how art works.
It's quite common for me to be in a conversation with someone
about my work, even a client, and they are repeatedly calling my
photographs paintings. I never say anything because I don't want to
embarrass them and also because I'm quite fascinated, but I can see the process.
They are feeling that this object in front of them is considered art so it just
can't be a photograph, it must be a painting, that's how deep the