Photography and Painting Sister Arts


There is often the comparison between photography and painting. Is one more valid than the other? With the advent of photography, especially digital photography, is painting doomed to eventual obscurity? Instead, Camelot Gallery chooses to celebrate the sisterhood of the two art forms. Placing local painters and photographers next to each other to honor their history of working together. Their relationship has a longer history than most people would guess. Painters have been using photography since the times of the old masters of Europe. The camera obscura, which means “dark chamber” in Latin was invented in 1457. It quickly became a timesaving drawing aid.


A camera obscura was a room-sized box with an aperture in one side that allowed light from outside to project an image onto a screen within, where the artist could trace it on a piece of paper. This allowed artists such as Johannes Vermeer, Leonardo Da Vinci, and even Caravaggio, to achieve a heighten realism not seen before them.


During the 19thcentury, Louis Daguerre was able to to fix the image produced by a lens. This gave birth to photography as its own art form.


The daguerreotype began to compete with the miniature painted portrait for popularity. The speed and efficiency of photography began to be prized by landscape and architectural artists. They could be produced much more cheaply than paintings and etchings of the same subjects.

The juxtaposition of painting and photography in our gallery allows the visitor to experience the two arts side by side.


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