The debate about photography as an art form has been ongoing for many years. Some people argue that photography is not a true art form because it captures reality rather than creating a subjective reality, which is what “real art” does. It may seem strange to frame or backlight a photograph and display it vertically in an exhibition, the way paintings have traditionally been shown. A photograph in a gallery may appear to be a flat, soulless and superficial substitute for painting.
However, there are many professional publications that have been at the forefront of debates about photography as a legitimate art form. Publications such as La Lumiere in Paris, Photographic Journal in London and others in Italy, Germany and the United States have promoted spaces that include photography and painting exhibitions. In addition, digital galleries can be just as beautiful and attractive as expensive prints. By providing viewers with iPads to browse digital galleries, curators can save space and money while still providing an enjoyable experience.
At the end of the day, photography is an art form that requires skill, creativity, and technical knowledge. It is not simply about capturing reality; it is about creating something unique and meaningful. Whether it is displayed in a gallery or on an iPad, photography can be just as powerful and meaningful as any other form of art.