Are Photographers Artists?

I saw that question posted on an art forum, and found it rather interesting.  I was surprised by the amount of people that do not think photographers are also artists.  There were more than a few that viewed photographers as people that merely push a button on a camera and capture a scene.  That seems to be a rather limited view of photography.  Maybe it is because photography is accessible to pretty much anyone that can whip out a smartphone to take a picture.  But, there is a big difference between the average person taking a selfie and a professional photographer.  Most professional photographers that I talk to put a lot of time into composing their image, learning their craft, setting up their shot, creating their scene, etc

Part of why I found the question interesting is because I do both art and photography.  I do them for very different reasons and the process is different, but they both satisfy my creative desires.  The end results are basically the same.  I create pictures that I hope people enjoy, that evoke emotion, that are decorative, etc.  To me it is art.


2 thoughts on “Are Photographers Artists?

  1. I agree… Photography is a form of art. But I also think that the emergence of phone cameras have put photography as an art form on the backseat. Artists have always been seen as ‘special’ – they can create – not something everyone can do. Photography – everyone can do. Or can they?

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