Aren't you just advocating photo realism?

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Aren't you just advocating photo realism?

From Brian K. Yoder

Published before 2005


Q: Aren't you just advocating photo realism?

No. Photo realism is the slavish copying of what the artist sees in reality, rather than stylizing or fictionalizing it as I described above. The difference between photo realism (which by the way, can certainly demonstrate an impressive level of skill and hard work if it is well done) and art is the same difference as exists in the written world between journalism and literature. Both use the same medium, but one reports what is and the other expresses the meaning intended the artist through his selective recreation of the facts.