Knox Bronson from Pixels – The Art of the iPhone shared this link with me recently and I thought I would pass it on.
The Atlantic has just published an excellent piece by Alexis Madrigal called “Hipstamatic and the Time When Photographs Looked Like Paintings”. It’s less about Hipstamatic and in the piece, Madrigal draws some interesting parallels to iPhoneographers of today and the pictorialist photographers of the turn of the 20th century.
The piece is a good overview and commentary of the beginnings of photography as art. There’s a bit of photography history in there, too. In my opinion, it ends a little abruptly and I wish Madrigal was permitted to write about another 2,000 words. As an iPhoneographer, this has to make you feel better about the art form, as it makes a very good case that history is on our side.
Frederick Evans’ 1896 photograph Kelmscott Manor: Attics looks for all the world like the work of human hands. Dreamy and soft, we look down from one end of an attic along the trusses and beams of a roof toward an open area where light floats in from our left. Alternating strips of grays remind us that photographs were just complex configurations of light, dark, light. And yet, right around this time, they became something more. They became art.
Be sure to read the very lively discussion in the comments after the article.