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Monday, January 7, 2008

Europe Art Photography Challenges Conventional Wisdom

A bomb of speculation torches the field of Europe art photography. An artist speculates that the great Masters, known for their exquisite works of art in painting, cheated. Yes, cheated. How could these great Masters, so world-renowned, have been as authentic as Milli-Vanilli? Allegedly, they used optical devices whether a camera obscura or a camera lucida to trace their spectacular images prior to painting them. Europe art photography may have its roots in a time period long before modern invention.

Could Vermeer have used Europe art photography to help produce his works? Could Rembrandt? Is the man drumming up these tall, tall tales really on to something in the history of art? Or is he simply compensating for his own inability to produce such masterpieces?

If Europe art photography did allow these great masters to capture the image or tracing of their subjects prior to painting them, what does that say, exactly? Are they truly frauds? Are the works any less spectacular? If one spends all their time wrestling with whether photography is really art - does this create or answer more questions? Does the ability of photography to freeze imagery in seconds diminish genius? If the allegation is indeed true, can their creativity be questioned in either their creation or their method?

The uproar in Europe art photography and in world community of the Arts is the assumption that genius needs no tools. This is a foolish assumption in Europe art photography and elsewhere. Genius is a state of mind. Genius is the eye that sees the potential and possibility. Whether the tool is a camera, an image traced on a wall or a painter's brush, the work that is created requires a tool or tools to create with. Europe art photography has a long tradition from architecture to paintings to sculpting to composition to photography. Genius is not something that can be faked. Whether an image is created from a paint-by-numbers kit, a photographer's camera or viewed only through the mind's eyes of imagination, the genius is the culmination of effort to bring that image to life for another to see and feel. That's genius.

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