Prior to the invention of photography, we used to think primarily of paintings when it came to pictures. They were utilized for representation and visual narration, compressing time onto the canvas. Events and story lines are depicted side-by-side, overlapping, and taking on an abstract form.1 Photography put an abrupt end to the long reign of this traditional conception of the image.
It introduced the present tense into visual tradition and eclipsed the past tense of painting. In a subtractive process, photography selects from a current situation and creates an image of a reality. At both a narrative and an objective level, photography shifts the focus to the presence, immediacy, authenticity, and reality of the moment.....
Lynn Kost - From Painting to Photography and Object Download