I have always considered photography as a technical innovation and not as art, much like I don’t consider NASCAR as sport, just driving around in a circle. Until I actually tried photography as a serious hobby, my disdain for the “Photographic Arts” was palpable. I thoroughly researched the best cameras, film, lenses, and even read several publications dedicated to photography. In the almost five years I tried making great photographs I may have had one success out of thousands of tries. Obviously photography as art is much harder and more difficult than it seems on the surface. Obviously photography can be used to great purpose, or to great propaganda, or to great result.
Dorthea Lange (1996-1965) utilized her camera and her skills to document the American condition primarily documenting the human condition prior to World War II. Lange did not consider herself to be an artist, but a simple documentarian of the people who found themselves to be victims.