What makes a photo art?

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by jeremyboycool, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. jeremyboycool

    jeremyboycool TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2007
    Messages:
    92
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    When does a photo stop being a photo and become art? What is it that turns a photograph into art? What separates a normal photo from one that is art?
     
  2. Josh66

    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2007
    Messages:
    14,604
    Likes Received:
    1,236
    Location:
    Cedar Hill, Texas
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    It has to either be good, or so bad that nobody quite knows why it's bad.


    It has to be different.
     
  3. Jeffro

    Jeffro TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2009
    Messages:
    701
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Louisiana
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I like that answer!!!!

    BUT Different is important!
     
  4. Actor

    Actor TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2007
    Messages:
    421
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Ohio
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I'll go with that famous lawyer's definition (Oliver Wendell Holmes?).

    "I can't define it but I know it when I see it."
     
  5. Torus34

    Torus34 No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2006
    Messages:
    2,117
    Likes Received:
    37
    Location:
    Tottenville, Staten Island, NYC USA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    The answer depends upon the specific definition you choose of just what art actually is. I've always liked the following:

    Science tries to describe outer reality. Art seeks to describe our inner reality.

    To me, a photograph crosses over the line into art when it is informed by some facet of our inner world. For examples tntm beg, borrow, buy or otherwise get hold of a copy of 'The Family of Man'.
     
  6. jeremyboycool

    jeremyboycool TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2007
    Messages:
    92
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit

    I don't know, O|||||||O, I might have to disagree. I have seen photos of excellent quality that failed to move me and I have seen bad, strange photos that also failed to move me. Then, yet, I have also seen the normal turned into great art. I feel there has to be more to it.
     
  7. Josh66

    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2007
    Messages:
    14,604
    Likes Received:
    1,236
    Location:
    Cedar Hill, Texas
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    My responce was half joke. I did mean the part about it being different though. If you want to get noticed - you have to stand out from the crowd.

    I don't think this is the kind of thing you can nail one definition onto. It will be different for every viewer.

    What I may consider art, you may see as just another snap shot.
     
  8. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2009
    Messages:
    38,255
    Likes Received:
    5,010
    Location:
    Iowa
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Art is always in the eye of the beholder.

    Technically speaking, a photograph becomes art at the instant the shutter is released. Even if they left the lens cap on.
     
  9. Baaaark

    Baaaark TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 27, 2009
    Messages:
    414
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    North or South Pole... it depends
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    This question has been asked many times before, and never answered. There is really no answer to your question, so you know. But if you aren't asking the question for the purpose of an answer, then proceed. :)

    To me, I stopped trying to come up with a definition. Art transcends the boundaries of words and descriptions.

    An Example: Imagine trying to describe "Starry Night" to someone without being able to see it themselves. There is no way your description could convey the greatness of the painting. Likewise, any description of art will be more limiting than it will be liberating.
     
  10. spiralcity

    spiralcity TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2009
    Messages:
    29
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Chicago, IL USA
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Theres no right answer here.
    Art is subjective. You decide on what is art to your eye. It's as simple as that.
     
  11. hopdaddy

    hopdaddy No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2009
    Messages:
    536
    Likes Received:
    118
    Location:
    Hotlanta,Ga
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    If you like ,it's art....if others like it,it's good art.....if they don't like it,you are hanging with the wrong crowd.lol
     
  12. ottor

    ottor No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2009
    Messages:
    935
    Likes Received:
    173
    Location:
    S. Idaho
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Nobody pays big money for a 'photograph'....


    r
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page

what makes a photo art

,
what makes photography art