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Old 29-04-2009, 12:39   #1 (permalink)
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Shooting other art?

A couple of times at my local camera club, there have been (negative) comments about photographing other people's art ?

Is this a universal sort of no no?

My other half is a sculptor and belongs to a studio - we buy a lot of art pieces and some times i photograph them (the 3D stuff any how)

So my question is ..is this a universal attitude ? and where is the line drawn between say .. a brass monument style statue (which is still a piece of art) or major public art work or a smaller piece (which could conceivably be still life)

or is this peculiar to my camera club??
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Old 29-04-2009, 15:39   #2 (permalink)
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Photograph what "YOU" like and what is pleasing to yourself don't worry about other people think as long as you like it. Wheather it is any good for competition work is another matter.
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Re: Shooting other art?

For a club competition, from my limited experience, it is not popular as you are using someone elses art as a subject, rather than using your artistic skills to create a still life scene, if you are just photographing the object on its own. However, if you used it in a still life setting with other objects, maybe close up so you can't see the piece as a whole it would be ok.
Outdoor public works of art are considered ok if in a landscape context.
However, if you are just shooting for your own enjoyment, it doesn't matter.
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Re: Shooting other art?

A photograph of a piece of art is normally a record shot and thus captures the skills of the artist. Apart from getting the technical aspects correct the photographer is not normally exibiting any other skills. In a Club, national or international competition records shots of all kinds rarely do well because it is just a record. Photographic competitions are normally about the photographers own artistic talents. This may be demonstrated by photographing from an unusual angle or perspective, usng a different photographic or editing treatment. However it is achieved, the judge(s) expect to see some of the photographers character imposed on the final image.

You may have notice, if you have been a member of your club for sometime, that you can recognise the work of some of the club's better photographers. This is because they develop a style as they add their interpretation; it is often impossible to see your own style though others will.

However, there is nothing wrong with taking record photographs and they have an important place in photography though not always in competitions. However, exceptionally two topics, Natural History and Photojournalism do expect record photography in competitions but still the more original or unusual will usually win. Although I take nearly all of my photographs for competitions, during the last week, I was asked to take a series of photographs of local art funded by the local Arts Council. They are making a catalogue of all of the art they have supported in the town. This is record photography but a good example of its value.

Finally, do take whatever photographs you like.
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Re: Shooting other art?

This topic has been going on in camera clubs for years, its all that some judges can think about of what to say about a picture, there are good ways to photograph art and there are bad ways to photograph art as Dave said this type of photography normally comes under the record section in club competitions, I know a lot of artists come graphic designers who often photograph their own work and in this case there is not a problem, if you want to photograph other peoples art then carry on, we all must all do this to a certain degree, we must of all taken a picture of a Cathedral or a statue somewhere and some of these are works of art!
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Re: Shooting other art?

i think the thing would bother mme more is the fact surely if u are photographing a painting you are breaching copyright of the painting
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Re: Shooting other art?

Yes, if you went on to display or sell it you would be breaching the artists copyright, alothough you could photograph it to catalogue or for insurance purposes.
I think there has been a case of a photographer suing a painter for copying one of his shots.
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Re: Shooting other art?

Thanks for your comments everyone - a consistent theme re competition photography which makes sense. I will continue to photograph my OH works - and yes they are definitely record shots and I strive hard to make them worthy of the art they depict.

I really enjoy photographing large public sculptures so I guess the message is to make it unique, or in context with the surrounding landscape - I can live with that
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