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Modern Photography

Started: 1910

Ended: 1960

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Quotes

"Let me speak the truth in all honesty about our age."
August Sander
"The camera sees more than the eye, so why not make use of it?"
Edward Weston
"No photographer is as good as the simplest camera."
Edward Steichen
"Photography, as a powerful medium...offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution."
Ansel Adams
"I've always wanted to be aware of what's going on around me, and I've wanted to use photography as an instrument of research into and reporting on the life of my own time."
Paul Strand
"Objectivity is of the very essence of photography, its contribution and at the same time its limitation..."
Paul Strand
"I cannot solve the problem of life by losing myself in the problem of art."
Tina Modotti
"Utter truth is essential, and that is what stirs me when I look through the camera."
Margaret Bourke-White
"Seeing is no longer believing. The very notion of truth has been put into crisis. In a world bloated with images, we are finally learning that photographs do indeed lie."
Barbara Kruger

KEY ARTISTS

Alfred StieglitzAlfred Stieglitz
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Paul StrandPaul Strand
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Tina ModottiTina Modotti
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Man RayMan Ray
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Edward WestonEdward Weston
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August SanderAugust Sander
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"Photographers must learn not to be ashamed to have their photographs look like photographs."

Alfred Stieglitz Signature

Synopsis

The birth of Modern Photography heralded a significant aesthetic change in photographic output as well as a shift in the way in which photography was produced, utilized and appreciated. Modern Photography encompassed trends in the medium from the early 1900s through to the 1960s. The move from early photography to Modern Photography is distinguished by a departure from the language and constraints of traditional art, such as painting, and this change in attitude was mirrored by changes in practice. Photographers started using the camera as a direct tool rather than manipulating images to conform to traditional notions of artistic beauty (a custom particularly associated with Pictorialism). In pioneering this move, modern photographers eventually disrupted the wider conventions of the art world by expanding both what was considered art and what was deemed an acceptable subject matter for it.
Although Modern Photography does not start until the beginning of the 20th century, earlier photographic innovations provide a technological and contextual framework for later developments and are important in understanding the stylistic changes of the period. Some of the key approaches of Modern Photography are unique to the medium whilst others align with wider art movements such as Dada and Surrealism. In contrast to earlier relationships between photography and artistic groups, which tended to be imitative, Modern Photography became fully embedded in these movements and provided a new and powerful medium for experimentation and expression.

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Laying the Foundations: Early Photography

Although Nicephore Niepce is credited as the inventor of photography he experimented with early photography techniques throughout the 1820s (the earliest surviving photograph dates from around 1826), his photographs required an extremely long exposure time and the results were imperfect. Louis Daguerre refined Niepce's work during the 1830s resulting in the creation of the daguerreotype which only needed a few minutes of exposure and produced a sharp, clear image. The details of this process were released in 1839 and this date is considered to be the start of photography as a viable medium. Subsequent discoveries and developments, including those by Henry Fox Talbot, continued to make photography easier and more affordable.

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Content compiled and written by Rebecca Seiferle

Edited and revised, with Synopsis and Key Ideas added by Kate Stephenson

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