Cranleigh Arts Centre
West Surrey Area
Museums & Art Galleries
Should we accept that the very best photographs can be
regarded as Fine Art?
“Nature is a revelation of God. Art is a revelation of Man.”
Art and photographs fall into four categories:
Portrait, Landscape, Still Life, and Narrative. Brian had chosen
copious photographs in each category to be projected to screen for
discussion. These pictures were taken over a long period and are
part of photographic history. The power of photography is more
subtle than painting, especially in black and white.
Arnold Newman created many of the 20th century’s
famous portraits. His black and white portrait of Igor Stravinsky
seated at a grand piano became his signature image, even though it was
rejected by the magazine that gave the assignment to Newman. Taken
during a rehearsal in New York on December 1st 1946, the
juxtaposes Stravinsky with the piano, and together they form the shape
of a musical note.
This photograph is full of action leaving you with a
question as to the depth of the water?
This is a photograph full of interest with repeated
patterns produced by the mother’s fingers and the child’s ribs and the
spokes of the cart wheel.
The mist and clouds and the effects of the light bring
this image to life and you can feel the weather as your eyes pass over