One topic that has been the subject of debate among many who have an appreciation for art is whether or not Photography can be considered art. It is not such a simple since there have been photographs considered works of art. But upon watching ‘Alfred Stieglitz – The Eloquent Eye,’ I notice a few new details on history that takes this debate anto a whole new level. This video is a biography of Alfred Stieglitz’s career in art and the struggles he went through in the process. It also serves as a showing of art photography’s history.
Essentially what this video did was reaffirm my beliefs that it is possible for an ordinary photograph to be a work of art. But at the same time, I still believe that it is mostly not the case since they are used as nothing more than permanent memories.
There were some photographs I like, such as Anne Brigman’s photo of that woman standing over the horizon. I like how the pieces are set and how the posture of the woman in the frame. Sure it’s simple but it’s a testament to the words “simple and effective.”
I also like Alvin Langdon Coburn’s work of the riverside of the small town. It just looks pretty despite it’s lack of colors. Something that I would love to hang in my house if I could get something exactly like it.
Though I’m not a fan of the picture itself, I have to mention the naked lady photograph by Edward Steichen. It is an example of what is historically considered popular art in this new format. I feel it is significant because everything about this photo screams modernization of an old form from the posture to the set pieces.
The overall relationship between art and photographs is summed up in these pictures, as well as by the documentary. It is also the same thing that Alfred Stieglitz proves everyday in his career, what the artists mentioned above proved, and it was my belief before me seeing this video. Photographs are easy to make, but if done in a specific or in odd manner, you can make great things with it. But as long as some teenager’s party memoir doesn’t meet the same prerequisites.