Photography is an art form that came into existence in the mid-nineteenth century. Traditionally, it was based upon the recording of light on a photo-sensitive emulsion. But recently, digital technology has replaced the photo-chemical one, transforming the nature of photography. From an artistic point of view, photography was able to reproduce reality in a realistic manner and thus occasioned a crisis in traditional painting. The images you look at in this unit should thus not only be compared to each other, but also to the paintings in previous units in order to understand the distinctive nature of photography as an artistic medium.
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