Photography was invented by nineteenth century artists

Photography was invented by nineteenth century artists as an art form for their own purposes. These men were seeking a lasting, literal record of their visual surroundings and they found it. The new combination of illumination, lens, shutter, and flat surface coated with chemicals sensitive to light produced images more lasting, more convincing in their reality, and more richly detailed than painters could produce manually in weeks and months of effort. This alone was enough to throw consternation into the ranks of fellow artists; and, after their first reaction of pleasure in a new kind of image, art critics rallied with the haughty charge that photography was not, and could not be, an art. The actual world in which we live had too strong a grip οn photography, they said, and pictures so dependent upon mechanical means could not be called acts of man's creative imagination.
Despite the critics, photographers knew that they had found a new art form, a new mode of expression. They used the new tools as other artists before and after them have used brush and pencil - to interpret the world, to present a vision of nature and its structure as well as the things and the people in it.

23 What are we told about the artists who first used photography?
A. They appreciated what photography could offer.
B. They preferred taking photographs to painting pictures.
C. They did not want anyone else to benefit from photography.
D. They thought painting pictures was too arduous.

24 Art critics disapproved of photography because they thought
A. it needed too little effort to interpret it.
B. the images were visually displeasing.
C. it used overly complicated equipment.
D. it did not go beyond the literal.

Photography was invented by nineteenth century artists

Text: Cambridge University Press

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