The Emergence of Photography as Art

Photography was invented in the 1820s however, it took almost 100 years for it to be considered a form of art and included in art galleries and exhibitions. The art world finally considered photography to be an art when photographers Alfred Stiegletz and Ansel Adams gained popularity.


Stielgletz and Adams bought the much deserved attention to photography, playing a huge part in the development of it. In the early 1900s, Stiegletz opened his very own art gallery, where photography was the focal point of work exhibited. His reasoning behind this was that he wanted to prove photography also held the same high quality and composure paintings did whilst being classed as their own work.



Alfred Stiegletz’ art gallery takes full responsibility for inspiring other photographers to develop and showcase their work, as after this photography became a more respectable discipline in the art world. One is Man Ray, who still stands as one of the most diverse photographers of the 20th century.


Ansel Adams played a role in the development of fine-art photography. His work consisted of taking an aesthetically pleasing approach to the support of the early environmental movement of the US. He exceeded the standard for landscape photography by focusing on the exposure and contrast, giving his photographs the perfect amount of light. It was thanks to Ansel Adams collaborators that the Photography Department of the Museum of Modern Art in New York was founded, further establishing the importance of photography as a form of art.

Ansel Adams works consisted of taking an aesthetically pleasing approach to the support of the early environmental movement of the US.

By 1940, photography was considered a vital form of art worldwide. Although the development of it started in the 1820s, it wouldn’t have progressed as far without the work of Stiegletz and Adams. It is now one of the most popular forms of art, increasing in value and potential to invest.


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