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For many years photography has been used to document the most significant of events whether they affect an entire society like a war or a specific persons life such as a wedding The reason that photography is used for such occasions instead of painting drawing or sculpting is quite simple It is because photography is the most remarkable of the fine arts Other forms of art are aesthetically pleasing and important in their own rite but photography is so monumental because of the power that only it possesses This is the power to depict fact One aspect that makes photography so creditable is that it can show feeling and emotion so much more vividly and doubtlessly than a drawing can For instance during the Great Depression the harsh realities were recorded thanks to the initiative of the Farm Security Administration Daval 186 At this time Dorothea Lange documented the bitter poverty of migrant workers and their families 20th Century Photography 1 These images such as Migrant Mother and Cotton Picker near Firebrough show so clearly and almost effortlessly the pain and despair that was occurring too frequently at this time There is a loss of hope that is so clear and evident in these photographs from the longing in the eyes of the images shown Such raw emotion is hard to come by in any other art form Another reason photography is more trustworthy than other forms of art is because the image that appears in a photograph whether it is of a person or an event has at one point existed or happened This statement does not always hold true for paintings sculptures and drawings It is simple and usual for an artist to conjure up an image of a person that has never existed and turn them into a work of art For example there has been a great deal of speculation about whether or not Leonardo Da Vincis Mona Lisa
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