How to Look at a Photograph


Still life of a red tulip. Photo by Kathleen Thompson, 2005


Art Photo

Art photographs are more like paintings than they are like other photographs. The photographer intends to show us something beautiful or, at least, interesting to our eyes. At the same time, an art photograph often helps us look at the world in a new way.

Other photographs, especially documentary photographs, often have great artistic value, even if that was not the photographer's primary purpose in taking the picture.


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