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Is Photography an Art?

What's your opinion? Can photographs be art?

...it does seem to me that Capa has proved beyond all doubt that the camera need not be a cold mechanical device. Like the pen, it is as good as the man who uses it. It can be the extension of mind and heart...

- John Steinbeck

The camera, you know, will never capture you. Photography, in my experience, has the miraculous power of transferring wine into water.

- Oscar Wilde

We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium.

- Ansel Adams

...Now it's your turn to have your say! Can a photograph really be the extension of mind and heart, or is it just too scientific and mechanical?

Are cameras best suited to detached, journalistic reporting, or can they express the photographer's own uique vision?

What's the difference between a holiday snapshot and an Irving Penn portrait!?

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I definitely think it would be a big loss if photos suddenly disappeared from art galleries and exhibitions. I don't think photographs could be confined …

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