Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Online Photographer: The Difference Between a Photographer and an Artist

The Online Photographer: The Difference Between a Photographer and an Artist

A photographer is someone who takes photographs. These days, anybody can be a photographer, and the reciprocal is also true—a photographer can be anybody. From the hottest haute-kultur gallery orchid on the planet down to somebody selling something on eBay or a real estate agent snapping pictures of an empty house with a cellphone. We also use the term "photographer" as shorthand for "good photographer," "good" meaning skilled, practiced, experienced, interested, dedicated, or ambitious, or just hopeful. That's why some people will show you their snapshots and say self-deprecatingly, "I'm no photographer," and a guy with a big camera collection can indicate his interest by saying, "I'm a photographer." Even though the first guy sort of is and the second guy sort of isn't. The guy at the DMV who takes all the driver's license photos said to me, "I guess I'm a photographer, but I'm not a photographer." He used the same word in both senses.

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