Can digital photography be "art"?

Started Nov 14, 2011 | Discussions thread
sshoihet Senior Member • Posts: 2,588
Re: Well why didn't you say it was Ken Rockwell!?

I generally like much of what KR writes but that statement is so ridicuous I can only guess that he wrote it to be controversial; obviously it worked. Ken is a genious

Art is anything created by an artist. It doesn't matter is you use oil paint, photography (film, digital or other), tree roots, dung, used tampons or rotting meat.

What is good art, is in the eye of the beholder.

Being good art does not make it valuable and vice versa.

Just because a medium is used for non-artistic purposes does not exclude it from being an artistic medium. Sure, most of the photographs taken would not be classified as art but there are many technical illustrations, does that exclude all forms of drawing from being art? Wooden canoes have been carved from wood for centuries... does that exclude sculpting from being art?

What defines the line between utility and art? The canoe maker might have expressed some creativity by adding certain markings to the canoe but that alone does not make it art.

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