The need for photography in our lives has been widely recognized throughout the ages. The concept of photography can be traced back to prehistoric times and the earliest recorded images were not of paintings, but stone tools. However, since this art form was not readily embraced by early man it is difficult to determine when it came into its own.
All three of the early civilizations of Egypt, China, and India produced photographs, although the earliest was from Egypt and recorded by Egyptian pharaohs thousands of years ago. Chinese tradition records photographs produced by the emperor to help his subjects recall important occasions and his power. It also captured important ceremonies such as funerals. Egyptian Egyptologists have found evidence of photographs taken during the reign of King Ramesses II, who conquered the pharaohs of the time.
Photographs of religious ceremonies, including a sheep-herding ceremony, were created with a series of jade stalks and colored ink, as well as paper. They were stored in the temple of the sun god Khepri. Along with these photographs were the items necessary for the rite, such as paintings, paper, and natural stones.
The earliest documented photographic work of any kind comes from the ancient Christian tradition. Photos were taken of relics found at the Holy Land, as well as other religious ceremonies. These religious photographs became available to the public in the 16th century, as part of the Amsterdam Performing Arts Company. The company also produced paintings by famous artists such as Botticelli.
Photography evolved into a form of art that was viewed as an expression of art. This was when people started to take the photos themselves, rather than leaving them on display in an art gallery. A gallery of photography had no place for self-expression. However, as science took hold, photographs came to be regarded as artistic expressions. Artists like Piet Mondrian and Henri Matisse began to use photography to add dimension to their art.
Religious photographers were among the first to use photography to make an artistic statement. They were not concerned with the reception of their work. However, their religious followers were not always so thrilled with their efforts. What they did not realize was that photography is an art, and their work was art. The fact that they made a positive difference in our world today has not been lost on us.
Modern-day photojournalists continue to make pictures from their cameras. With technology has improved, many traditional methods of photography are being overlooked. It is often true that even the most professional of photographers can fail to reach their fullest potential. It is only when the camera lens is pointed in the right direction that images of value emerge.
Perhaps we will someday find a method of achieving the same quality of old-world photography. Until then, however, photojournalism will continue to provide us with valuable information. It is worth taking a little time to appreciate the work that goes into this business.
Photography continues to evolve as an art form, becoming ever more accessible. Professional photographers now have the option of publishing their photographs via the internet. Unlike the days of print, digital photos do not fade or disintegrate, and they are easily edited.
As digital photo editing has become more sophisticated, professional photographers are able to create high-quality work. Instead of having to work with a large collection of images that take up storage space, you only need a small collection to edit. In addition, the images can be edited in nearly any format that is supported by your computer. Digital photography is another medium that photographers can now bring into the home.
Photojournalism is the art of documenting people’s experiences. Photography provides the perfect opportunity to document these moments and display them in photos. Since so many people will be taking photographs for their personal use, it is imperative that the photos are accurate, tasteful, and extremely meaningful.