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To What Purpose? Photography as Art & Document

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1/21/2012 - 4/8/2012
Organizing institution: Weatherspoon Art Museum

This Exhibition includes the following Venues:
  • Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNC Greensboro 1/21/2012 - 4/8/2012

The recognition of photography as an art form has been among the medium's dominant philosophical debates ever since its inception, due in part to its mechanical and chemical nature. Photographs considered documentary have further caused many to question the purpose and artistic merit of such efforts: are documentary photographs art forms or simply straight-forward recordings of the subjects at hand?

While photographs have served as records since the early 19th century - oftentimes to inform the public of crucial issues as a way to promote social change - the perceived distinctions between fine art and documentary images became murky in the later half of the 20th century. Illustrating varying agendas, the photographs in this exhibition draw our interest and capture our attention in ways that differ greatly from other art forms.

The exhibition is organized by Elaine D. Gustafson, Curator of Collections.

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