The photography is known especially through its power of reproducing the reality. Any intervention in this “mechanical” relationship between the photographer and the scene registered was often hard to accept and accused of stepping of its identity and into the area of plastic arts.

In the challenge of becoming itself a creative art, the photography was in a continuous quest to improve and develop its means of expression through which it can step further from the “visual reality” and it can equally impose the respect the art built with the brush or carved in stone has.

The passing from the descriptive photography to the interpretative one followed a long path which started first from the shape and later reached the definition of concept.

The technical evolution, marked by the reduction in the time of exposure, the advancement of optics, the increase of the precision and the control over the photo- sensible materials was later used by the artistic movement called pictorialism.

Any defining techniques like using filters, rain screens, taking pictures outside the clarity field, the combination and overlay of the negatives and material effects were considered defining techniques for the new art.

The main purpose was to separate the photography from the “mechanical” interpretation and getting it to achieve an artistic, painting like result.

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  1. What a fantastic lesson on photography.Very informative article.Thanks for this article .It was a good read!Photography is my PASSION.

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