Photography and Realism


Painting and Photography are similar in some ways, but are different in other ways. There are challenges, which are facing both. The professions for both the photography are lonely and solitary, since both can require only one person to complete it. The two are two-dimensional creation, and use both design and composition, although each requires varying time allocations to create. However, the two can be quite different in design and appearance.


When man invented photography in 19th century, it influenced art in a bigger way. Scenic and Portrait art came to be considered inferior to photographs, and this made many to shun painting in preference to photography, to conform to modernism. This led to many artists to use photographs as sources of materials for their works in nineteenth and twentieth century.

The photorealist started producing their bodies of work and photography became the best means to produce abstraction and reality in the art world. The realism continued as an art movement in the better part of 19th century, only after the modernist critics considered art to a serious undertaking.

Although photography is popular worldwide, it may not meet all the requirement of art. In most cases, humans can manipulate photographs by use of digital computers to come up with different images. This is cheating which is not possible with painting, which one can discover, if tampered with.

Photography need not much skills compared to painting art. Painting requires the mastery of craft, but digital photographing requires mere clicking of a button. The diagrams of the pine trees show that photographs are clearer and easier to take than painting. However, painting requires talent skills, and is less likely humans can manipulate it compared to digital image.


The invention of photographs in 19th century led to the perception that paintings are inferior. However, each the two art works have merits and demerits. The digital innovations keep on changing the art of photography, but paintings seem to maintain its originality.