Posted on 11 November 2008
In answer to the discussion whether there should be as a distinct medium I believe it is helpful to separate window, straight or unmanipulated imagery from mirror or interventionist imagery (either by darkroom, photoshop, mixed media). The exponents of straight or documentary photography are from Eugene Atget through Walker Evans and Henry Cartier- Bresson to Robert Frank, Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, Sebastiao Salgado, William Eggleston, Stephen Shore........The exponents of the alternative subjective approach are Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Duane Michals, Minor White, Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman. This is, I hope, a useful list of the two distinctly different approaches to photography. If you like I can see that we could take this discussion further.....one thought I have is this. Figurative or landscape painting could be seen as closer to "window" photography whereas abstract, collage or mixed media is closer to "mirror" photography.