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December 23, 2012


Neil Jendon

I'd be curious to know of Mr. Walton's thoughts on devices used by artists such as the camera lucida and camera obscura. I don't think such a clear distinction between paintings and photographs can be made simply by how they were made. There's a centuries-long grey area in which every part of the camera was being used to make pictures except the photochemical process that fixed the image on glass/film. Certainly, there was still a hand making the lines and a mind interpreting them from the real world to a flat surface, but a mechanical device was collecting and presenting that data (light) to the artist in the same manner it is presented to emulsion.

Thank you for providing an entertaining and informative forum for ideas.

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