Art or Craft

"Should we consider photography art or craft? Can we put our precious photographs on the same lever as paintings? David Hay shares his thoughts on this controversial subject"

Are Photographers Artists or Craftsmen?

Is photography Art or Craft?We all like to think we have some artistic skills. At art class I was hopeless at painting anything 3-dimensional; my paintings of wine bottles and apples looked like cardboard cut-outs. I believe a lot of photographers are failed artists who turn to photography as an outlet for their vision. Paintings can command high prices because each one is unique. Photographs, on the other hand, can be reproduced mechanically and this has limited their value. To raise the cost of prints, artificial limits can be placed on the...

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David Hay

I took up photography at the age of eleven and have been passionate about it ever since. As a retired biologist I still marvel at the beauty of the natural world and try and capture the colours and forms of natural things around me.

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