Essay

Vermeer and a Photographic Perspective

Remember what I have said and will say again—Vermeer was the first artist directly influenced by photography. His camera obscura was photography without the chemistry of film processing or other chemically treated plates. He used his camera to set perspective, to see how light played with the projection/representation of images. His use of the rudiments of photography helped him inordinately. It taught him how to represent light more naturally. His was a giant step in the history of painting. Bravo Mr. Vermeer.

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