Amy Baker Sandback

  • A PROGRESSION BY CHUCK CLOSE: WHO'S AFRAID OF PHOTOGRAPHY?

    WHEN PHOTOGRAPHY BEGAN TO COMPETE with painting, the new invention which had originally been welcomed by some artists became the monster to others. Just one of the reasons: painters were losing commissions. Painting’s response was to investigate new visual territory, especially the things that cameras couldn’t do yet—color, movement, et cetera. Quickly the two developed many kinds of relationships to each other: antagonistic; independent; documentary; side by side; back and forth. Some artists tried to make their photographs look like paintings; obviously many painters used photographs to work