Some time ago I attended an exhibition to try to understand why one exhibitor called himself a “Photographic Artist.”
What, I wondered, was the difference between him, Patrick Lichfield who was a photographer, and myself, a family album snapper?
His photographs were printed on expensive paper.
The frames were attractive.
His photographs were of leafless, isolated trees or nudes drapped over rocks.
All were black and white.
I freely admit I’m not a photographer, so we can eliminate me from this.
But what, or who, decides if a photographer is an artist?
What criteria are applied?
Does the camera make a difference, the ability to use lights, the imagination, opportunity…
I still don’t know, does anybody out there???
Is the question really, “What is art?”