Art? Or Old Art Re-touched?
Many thanks to my former student who brought this to my attention this week….
Mysterious Swedish artist Sanna Dullaway has recieved a fair amount of press attention this week for her digital colourizations of pre-existing, and sometimes iconic, photographic images. I think this work raises some important questions about authorship, meaning, and even the definition of art.
According to the Daily Mail online (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2088611/Swedish-artist-Sanna-Dullaway-injected-colour-host-historic-photographs.html), “it is thought she is hoping to sell her work on the internet – and there is sure to be some firm interest”. Really? If so, what exactly is that interest based on? The amusement of seeing a (possibly) familiar image in a way it has never been seen before? Or awe athe proficiency with which the colouring has been achieved?
And if she does indeed intend to sell her work online, where does this leave the original photographer? Would Dorothea Lange approve of the transformation of her original image from gritty, period-appropriate monochrome to colour?
I know nothing of the process used to achieve these amazing results – and amazing they certainly are – but one assumes that in the absence of any colour information in the original image, some sort of arbitrary decision was made (either artistically or mechanically) about the appropriate colours to use. How much might this have affected the original “meaning” of the image, if at all?
Imagine you convert your colour image to black and white because it gives it more impact, or reduces colour distractions within the image – and then years later someone “appropriates” your image and colourizes it, either accurately or inaccurately. How would you feel?
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This entry was posted on January 25, 2012 by fotofiliablog. It was filed under Uncategorized and was tagged with authorship, black and white, daily mail, digital, dorothea lange, ethics, mail online, monochrome, photography, sanna dullaway.