How Did The Camera Change Art?


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Louis Daguerre invented the first photographic process in 1839, that was practical and created a permanent image. Many artists became understandably, outraged when suddenly they didn't have a job because people no longer had to go to them to get a portrait. They could get a perfect picture of themselves for less money and it didn't take as long. Artists pushed the opinion that photography was a mechanic process that required no talent.
Photography also presented some positive effects on artists. They no longer had to have models stand still for extended periods of time. Instead, they could take a picture and paint from it later which eventually altered the way artists arranged their subjects on the canvas. They could also paint from a new perspective. It wouldn't be practical to try and paint from a hot air balloon, but it was easy to take a picture from one and then paint it.
The invention of the camera liberated artists of the responsibility of correctly documenting the events of their time period. They could paint whatever they wanted however they wanted because cameras would create perfect representations of people. Someone could easily blame impressionism on the invention of the camera because it forced artists to question the purpose of their profession.
I also think that the invention of the camera changed the way people perceive artists. Before the invention of the camera artists served a purpose: They were supposed to paint people the way they really are and  document history. After the camera was invented people didn't really need artists.  They didn't have to go to them for a portrait or a realistic representation of anything, so an artists role in society changed.
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During the enlightenment period, which is around the 17th and 18th century, art is very much affected by the invention of camera. The value of fine art dropped drastically when people realized they could create a snapshot quicker and better than painting. Art back then is more about recording events or people.
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How did it not change art?....cameras are able to capture images that painting cannot. Its an in the moment type of situation vs a sit still and hope the scenery doesnt change soon situation. The images are more accurate because they are happening at that moment. Vs taking hours trying to do it another way.

And of course several varieties of art can be influenced by the photograph taken from the camera.

Not to mention cameras created a new genre of art. ( photography)
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What cameras did for art was allow the painters to explore more Modernist (1860-1960's )types of painting. It basically was an out for painters. Where as before the invention of the camera, painters were expected to be able to paint a realistic portrait of a person.
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The invention of photography forced artist to experiment with different forms of art because no one needed them to paint portraits anymore since getting a picture was quicker and less expensive.

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We can take them for granted, but it could easily be said that their invention changed art forever--three things, the invention of paper, oil paints, and the camera. Paper made art portable. Oil paints made it easy. The Best Photo Studio in Trichy is NDS photo studio in Chennai.

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I think the development of photography and video have changed tremendously. People no longer need to get portraits painted, when we have such a cheaper alternative as digital photography and video. But more fundamentally there seems to be the creation and embrace of art movements that depict everyday imagery in new ways that cannot be captured with a camera in professional fully equipped studios like

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