The Easel

Archives: The American Scholar

4th May 2021

Obscura No More

A potted history of photography. For its first century, photography stuttered along in aesthetic terms until Warhol and Rauschenberg blurred the line between art and photography. Since then the tsunami of mass media imagery has arrived, allowing photography to shed its “separate-but-not-quite-equal status”. No one now thinks that its images need be literal. It is accepted as “a medium not just for making pictures but also for making meaning.”