Technology + Art :: Love, Hate & Ansel Adams

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Technology + Art :: Love, Hate & Ansel Adams

Mid 1820 we saw the first photoetching and heard Paul Delaroche’s “death of painting” proclamation.  The death of painting was actually a fading of uniqueness for some artists as photography democratized art through technology.  From a distance, it’s easy to see that photography didn’t kill painting but liberated it.

Previsualization – more or less – remained even though art took physical form with new tools; technology brought with it options, opportunities, freedoms and a new diversity.  Ignited with this discovery was a love – hate affair between artists and technology.  Undeniably technology leaves a strong wake out of unyielding innovation; the response to a good idea is a better one.

Film delayed gratification long enough so those behind a camera needed to see the image in their minds eye and exhaust possibilities to make it happen at the moment of exposure.  Particularly in color, manipulation was limited. Technology has changed that – call it postvisualization.

We’re familiar with digital imaging yet in relatively short order it will be possible to record segments of life in such detail that post capture choices of lens focal length, depth of field, and even a crop of the smallest section of the frame will yield unimaginable resolution and variety.  Perhaps generations ahead of us will record their whole life enabling a search for the art of life’s moments years in the past.

Editing nightmare aside, an artist’s intent alters with postvisualization.  Her imagination is dormant until possibilities explode post capture.  With no previsualization a prime dimension is removed.  As obvious as this seems, nuances in the moment of capture editorialize the visual communication.  A story of imagery starts with the eyes and the intent of the photographer; there is no “fix in post”.  For similar reasons, video and still visualization can’t reliably alternate.

Ansel Adams was a pioneer of previsualization; it’s what we see as the magic of his photography.  He created a system born of technology that eliminated variables that might interfere with his vision.  It was a mastery of craft but his clarity of vision is what we see. 


Go here for more:

The Ansel Adams Gallery

Roy Firestone interviews Ansel Adams

Rangefinder Interview with Ansel Adams part II

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