Saturday, January 5, 2008

Euro Art Photography Decorates Classical Venues.

Debate continues to rage over the artistic value of euro art photography. Yet euro art photography is featured in exhibitions in Rome, Paris, London and Madrid. Survivor photographs of the holocaust, terrorist bombings, wars and more decorate the walls of galleries and museums. These very same galleries and museums still feature works of the renaissance and classical periods. Paintings, sculpture, architecture and history can now be joined by the modern wonder of photography.

The art exhibitions in Rome, once exclusively dominated by renaissance and classical works, now feature the modern classics of euro art photography. In just over a decade, the landscape of venerated art in one of Europe's oldest cities has embraced the modern and contemporary offerings of photographers.

In Paris, space is given to all forms of art in small and large galleries. Prints of euro art photography are sold in shops along the Seine and the Louver alongside prints of masterpieces. Whether due to the Internet, modern communication, changes in the political landscape or the tumult surrounding religious fanaticism and terrorist bombings, the art of photography continues to grow in popularity.

Images as disturbing as the smashed car that Princess Diana died in to the warmth of Pope John Paul II smile can be found in exhibitions of euro art photography. Children playing happily amongst the burnt out husks of destroy vehicles in Northern Ireland, Beirut, Israel and Iraq. Can any image that tells so powerful a tale of hope not be counted as art? Timeless images of wonders visible for over a thousand years framed side by side with celebrities and flavors of the moment.

The rising popularity of photojournalism being featured in exhibitions as well as newspapers is another trend in euro art photography. The versatility and variety of euro art photography refuses to be carefully pre-packaged and labeled. The changing tide of the artistic landscape is marked by the photo collections of Europe's royal families and political leaders. Some exhibitions are so popular that long lines are expected to get a glimpse at the latest unveiling of euro art photography. The universal language of art, sometimes misunderstood and maligned, has been allowed to embrace another dialect.