Five Facets of Photography – Ideas that Changed Photography: Conceptual photography

Conceptual Photography is often considered to derive from Conceptual Art of the late 1960s, but it has been around longer than that.  It is photography that is staged or created to represent an idea; it is not primarily intended to depict and explain the world as it is.  It is freedom for photography to be what you want it to be. Hippolyte Bayard’s Self Portrait as a Drowned Man (1840) was made to represent the despair he felt at being neglected as a photographic artist. Conceptual artists using photographic media do not define themselves as photographers, rather as artists working with photography.

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