It's hardly a new observation to say that the invention of photography revolutionized the visual arts; it's trite, but true. Before photography, the best way to capture the appearance of exterior reality was to paint it. Once people could take photos, however, the idea of painting as a window on the world was conceptually out the window. In fact, it's likely that the invention of photography played a big role in the rise of impressionism and abstraction more than a century ago, as well as other new... More >>>