Niepce's 1826 Photograph

Discussion in 'Ethics and Philosophy' started by Tom Duffy, Dec 31, 2002.

  1. Tom Duffy

    Tom Duffy Member

    Nov 13, 2002
    New Jersey
    I'd like to bring to your attention an article by Jim Lewis on, which concerns the significance of Niepce's first photograph.

    To whet your appetite:

    "Photography is different this way, too: Unlike, say, landscape painting or novel-writing, taking pictures is something that most people do as a matter of course. So it's unique among the fine arts in being split between a perfectly demotic practice and a rarified aesthetic one. (Granted, lots of people dance, but not en pointe.) But not all of us make art out of the pictures we take; most of us don't even try. Which raises an obvious question about Niépce's photo: Is it a good picture? A great picture?"...

    May we all have a thoughtful and productive New Year.