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Is photography art? for 180-years, people had been asking this question. The Photographic Society of London, formed in 1853 debated this very idea, a member thought the new technique was "too literal to compete with works of art" because it was unable to "elevate the imagination". This idea of photography as purely a mechanical recording medium never fully died away. Even by the 1960s and 70s, art photography – The idea that photographs could capture more than just one dimensional image was the bastion of a "photo ghetto of niche galleries, aficionados and publications" - photographer Jeff Wall.

Only in the past few decades the question has been heard with ever decreasing frequency. When the auction of Andreas Gursky's photograph of a grey river Rhine under an equally colourless sky sold for a world record price of £2.7 million last year, the debate was effectively over.

 

With exhibitions at the national gallery and sales of limited edition prints and their value increasing over the the last few years, photography is truly a work of art!

Ian Knight
Ian Knight