Ken Robinson, in his book “Out of our minds”, explained very well how it takes time for a new media to generate a new art form:
“Why should the artist persist to represent what the camera’s lens can capture so well? It would be foolish, isn’t it? Photography came at the right time to free painting of any literature, the anecdotal and even the subject ... In any case, some aspect of the subject now belongs to the field of photography ... Why painters should not now enjoy their regained freedom to do something else?”
The advent of digital photography in the last decades has brought together again painting and photography. The photographer can manipulate images in ways very similar to what painters do.
- Lectures on art by John Ruskin
- Degas' Dancer Photos by James Gurney
- Article on Degas' use of photographs posted on Princeton’s website