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Status of Photography Paul Weiss 1961 in his Book Nine Basic Arts classifies the nine basic arts as architecture sculpture painting musicry story poetry music theater and dance Photography is not highly regarded by Weiss In the last chapter he says They photographers have little and sometimes even no appreciation of the aesthetic values of experience And when they do have such appreciation it is rarely relevant to their purposes One need notbe an artist to use a camera with brilliance pp216 218 Despite the fact that painters such as Manet and Degas were highly influenced by photography throughout art history photography has been considered less valuable and less important than painting sculpture dance and drama When photography appeared in the last two centuries it was hardly recognized as fine art Around the l850s a cartoonist named Nadar drew two cartoons to humorously depict photography The first cartoon shows that Mr Photography asks for just a little place in the exhibition of fine arts In the second picture Mr Painting kicks Photography out angrily Rosenblum 1984 In 1859 the French government finally yielded to the consistent pressure applied by the Society of French photographers and its supporters A salon of photography formed a part of the yearly exhibitions held in Paris The photographs were described as though they were works by hand inevitably compared with paintings and the same standards of appraisal appear A landscape photograph noted one critic had the elegant look of a Theodore Rousseau A photograph by another photographer was identified with pictures of Holman Hunt Scharf 1986 The status of photography as fine art continued to be challenged in the late 19th and early 20th century When Alfred Stieglitz introduced photography as a form of fine art a director of a major art museum was skeptical Mr Stiegitz do you seriously think that photography is fine art Public Broadcasting Services 2000 The rejection of Stieglitzs work by painters was even more
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