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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 from; certain other artists tried to make their paintings look like photographs; et cetera.

For years I’ve taken photographs that do not have an object status of their own. They are simply a notation system for information to be used later in any number of ways. To me they are not “photographs,” but

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