In reply to: Photography, or the photographic condition, lies at the heart of painting posted by Josh Decter on March 16, 1996 at 15:35:33:
: Photography, or the photographic condition, lies at the heart of painting,
: since painting -- or the painting condition -- lies at the heart of photography,
: both conceptually and materially. And if photography lies at the heart of cinema
: and television, and if these provide the foundation for computer-based systems of
: imaging, then painting may be the soul in the machinery.
Although your discourse is leading in a direction near and dear to me, I have to take exception with this statement. It sounds good but I don't agree with the logic. I don't think photography necessarily lies at the heart of painting. To be an engaged self-aware artist, yes, perhaps it does. But I really take exception to the linking between photography and computer imaging. Computer imaging is, as we know, composed of bits and bytes - a truly abstract method of composition. A computer-based image does not necessarily have to be based on film or photography. Yes, there is a lot of interplay in these areas at the moment but the foundation of computer imaging does not lie in photography and film.