British channel Sky Arts runs a segment called The Unspoken Truth where several celebrities offer their opinions and insights on a variety of topics. They recently tackled the question of whether photography is truly art or if perhaps it is over rated and should not be considered an art form at all. Their answers might make you a tad uncomfortable.Despite the shock value of this segment I do believe it is a very real and valid question. I believe that for the most part the general public does not always perceive photography to be an art form equivalent to painting, theater, or music. The reactions of these celebrities, though painful to hear, are not all too surprising.
Somewhere in our pursuit of technical advancements and mass accessibility photography has lost some of that exclusivity the art world demands. Photography is everywhere and is so prevalent in our culture today that most folks seem to take for granted the skill it takes to put together a world class image.
How do you feel about this? Can photography be considered art?