Photography vs Illustration

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jeffcpix Senior Member • Posts: 1,678
Photography vs Illustration

I believe it was either on CNN (international) or msnbc (on the web) that I heard 'pundits' discussing the power of the recent covers of the New Yorker, Economist, Time, Der Spiegel etc

https://www.stuff.co.nz/world/americas/95950707/a-nazi-salute-kkk-hoods-and-donald-trump-magazine-covers-after-charlottesville-are-jarring

and asserting that photography could never be as powerful or iconic as these illustrations. Though I disagree with that opinion, it does seem that photographers haven't been able to generate images quite as powerful with regard to Trump, his supporters or opponents.

The photos I've been seeing are photo-journalistic (appropriate for 'objective' reportage) -- but has anyone seen any that might be called 'artistic' i.e which express the photographers personal opinion/values rather than a depiction of reality -- as in the images of the car running people down in Charlottesville? Has the Trump era Guernica yet to be painted or the W. Eugene Smith Minimate image shot?

http://www.documentingmedicine.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/williameugenesmith1971minamata.jpg

My question is NOT about Trump and his policies -- it's whether photography can assert political criticism as effectively as illustration; whether photography today can match the kind of visual power found in the pro and anti Hitler illustration art of the 1930 German elections

http://l7.alamy.com/zooms/4595bc802fd547d6b0bc6c01dc736e11/anti-nazi-poster-ca-1930-depicts-skeleton-with-bloody-hands-a-hat-e1crh4.jpg

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