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Light and Lens, 3rd Edition by Robert Hirsch

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CHAPTER 1 Why We Make Pictures

 

 

 

A CONCISE HISTORY OF VISUAL IDEAS

The human desire to make pictures is deeply rooted. More than 30,000 years ago, Cro-Magnon people used colored oxide and charcoal to make paintings of large wild animals, tracings of human hands, and abstract patterns on cave and rock walls. Today, people create images with a multitude of mediums, including photography.

What propels this picturemaking impulse? Some make pictures for commercial reasons. Others create informational systems or employ scientific imaging tools to visualize the unseen. Artists use images expression-istically, to conceptualize and articulate who they are and how they view the world. However, the fundamental motive for making the vast majority ...

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