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Photography is a mechanical process which produces a pictorial representation upon a two dimensional surface. In that it produces a particular kind of two dimensional representation photography can be associated with the traditional criteria of art appreciation as far as line, form, tone and subject are concenred. In this paper photography is considered as that and as it acts as a mediator between the photographer and the world in which he lives. Photography is considered as a real time function furnishing contemplative data for later involvement. The questions of our emotional involvement to the world and to that part of the world which is the photograph are concerned. What is particularly examined are our notions of the photograph as a representation of the "thing in itself” to which we react in surrogate. The conclusion reached is that photography is a valuable tool and methodology for the exploration of the world in which we live, particularly as a means of self growth.



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UNM Department of Art and Art History

First Committee Member (Chair)

Thomas R. Barrow

Second Committee Member

Van Deren Coke

Third Committee Member

Wayne Roderic Lazorik

Fourth Committee Member

Robert M. Ellis