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    To What Purpose? Photography as Art and Document

    To What Purpose? Photography as Art and Document Image gallery

    Presented by Weatherspoon Art Museum at Weatherspoon Art Museum

    January 21-April 8, 2012

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    The recognition of photography as an art form has been among the medium's dominant philosophical debates ever since its inception, due in part to its mechanical and chemical nature. Photographs considered documentary have further caused many to question the purpose and artistic merit of such efforts: are documentary photographs art forms or simply straight-forward recordings of the subjects at hand?

    While photographs have served as records since the early 19th century — oftentimes to inform the public of crucial issues as a way to promote social change — the perceived distinctions between fine art and documentary images became murky in the later half of the 20th century. Illustrating varying agendas, the photographs in this exhibition draw our interest and capture our attention in ways that differ greatly from other art forms.

    The exhibition is organized by Elaine D. Gustafson, curator of collections.

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        Weatherspoon Art Museum

        500 Tate Street
        UNCG University
        Greensboro, NC 27412

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        January 21-April 8, 2012


        10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays
        10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays
        1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
        Closed Mondays

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