'For 180-years, people have been asking the question: is
photography art? At an early meeting of the Photographic Society of
London, established in 1853, one of the members complained that the
new technique was "too literal to compete with works of art"
because it was unable to "elevate the imagination". This conception
of photography as a mechanical recording medium never fully died
away. Even by the 1960s and 70s, art photography - the idea that
photographs could capture more than just surface appearances - was,
in the words of the photographer Jeff Wall, a "photo ghetto" of
niche galleries, aficionados and publications.'
Read the full Guardian article by Michael Prodger.