Edward Steichen's Influence on the Value of Photography
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The author examines how photography has been elevated from science to an art form through the photographer's talent and skill in creative processes, following the life and career of Steichen, who was one of the 20th century pioneers in promoting photography as art, She investigates how the critics regard his works and their aesthetic value, and demonstrates how collectors value photography relative to painting, and by looking at the work of Steichen, estimates the value the art market places on the various attributes of photographs. The author contends that for photography to be considered on par with other art forms, a photographer must envision the artwork from beginning to end and possess the technical skills to process the image in creative and innovative ways. In addition, for the value of photography to approach that of other media, patrons of photography must be educated in the finer points of the medium in order to appreciate its aesthetic as well as technical content.