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Is photography the new old master’s?

Last November auction records were created when the Rhine II by Andreas Gursky sold for an immense £2.7m. Therefore it should come as no surprise that this autumn everyone is watching to see how photography will perform at various exhibits with many major pieces included in upcoming schedules.

Some of the pieces that may deserve a second look include the Somerset House Cartier-Bresson exhibit, the William Klein + Daido Moriyama blockbuster at the Tate Modern, and Everything was Moving at the Barbican.

Over at the National Gallery the museum’s first photography exhibit ever will be on display titled Seduced by Art: Photography Past & Present. The exhibit will help portray how some of the most well known artists including Degas, Caravaggio, and Constable helped to inspire photographic experiments during the Victorian age.

Therefore, while it may be a bit ironic that some of the best editing tools allow people to capture the original graininess of a Kodak print from the seventies, it is even more ironic that contemporary photographers are echoing the past that inspired them as well.

Co-curator of the exhibition, Dr. Hope Kingsley, stated that within the photography world there has always been a lot of fuss made out the different and new photographs, but she has always been really interested to take a look at how photography is entwined with the history of art.

Kingsley was hired especially away from London’s Wilson Centre For Photography for the project and stated that she took a hard look at what was already in the National Gallery’s collections to see how they use the gallery to highlight how photography became a resource for artists.

It is a bit surprising that the National Gallery has not recognized photography as an art form before, but at any rate it is nice to see some lines drawn between art mediums.



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