Re: Why Process (was: wet plate)
Mon, 2 May 1994 15:20:09 -0700 (PDT)
> >Carson's post and this thread has brought this question to my attention:
> >If you could, with any other process, digital or otherwise, faithfully
> >duplicate another process, indistinguishabily from the original, would it
> >be the same thing?
> > So, if I "rephotographed" a well known photograph, at
> >the scene and reproduced the entire photograph with another process as to
> >make the entire thing identical and indistinguishable from the original,
> >would it be the same thing as the original?
> I would tend to argue that it is not possible to ever fully duplicate an art
> form -
> even using the same process. To start a whole other line of argument - is
> it art if it can be identically reproduced, or does it simply become
> Making myself think on this one....
I believe that the actual conception of an idea - the composition, the
choice of materials, etc. - the choosing of the path that will lead to the
final embodiment of the visualization is the "art", and the actual
excecution of the final form is craft.
I think the craft part can be duplicated, but not the art.