Photography: The Early Part Of The 20th Century

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Although photography became acknowledged as a legitimate form of artistic pursuit by the early part of the 20th century, photography was considered a minor art form. This level was regardless of photography’s significant impact on perception and visual culture. Instead, the evaluation was premised on the fact that photography, as a medium had no historical precedent, and if any parallel was to be drawn, the parallel would be with that of printmaking. From the point of view of the Academy of Art, art was fixed in concept and form, because art reflects the values that are eternal. While this position allowed for the emergence of new styles, which were historically contingent on one another, it did not readily allow for new forms and media.
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