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.


Author: angelameds

I'm an artist and photographer that sells fine art prints at my online store, Murdock's Gallery. My artwork mostly consists of both human and animal portraits and illustrations. My photography work is of landscapes, macro images and nature scenes. My medium of choice is digital painting where I use a pen, tablet and mouse as my tools to draw. I also work with pencils, pastels and other traditional mediums. Message me for information about pet portrait commissions, or visit my online store

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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