Leonardo Da Vinci, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso – all of these great painters of the 17th and 18th century are still well renowned for their master pieces as a medium of communication and expression.
However, photography only evolved during the 16th century and doesn’t provide prehistoric evidence of human evolution the way painting does.
Furthermore, skill and creativity reflected in a painting is far more valuable compared to the sci-fi cameras used to produce good photographs.
Paintings on the other hand, also help depict religious or cultural values in a more creative way; photographs can never be able to show heaven or hell, after life in a photo, but paintings have always been used for depicting life and death and life after death.
Paintings, if it had lost its purpose would have never been kept in museum with security, which costs over million dollars. However, painting has gradually lost its purpose; photography and the endless array or digital media forms tell the world that older forms of art such as painting are obsolete.
Although creating good paintings involve a lot of creativity and has been used for religious architecture, there is no question that photography is faster, cheaper and more accurate, more reliable sense of records keeping and more efficient in fulfilling academic roles in institutions and in the field of science.
Photography gained the interest of many scientists from its inception. Scientists have used photography to record end study movements such as Leadwood May bridge’s study of animal locomotion.
For such studies of gradual movements, paints are of no use – they do not permit instantaneous capture. If astronauts shared their experience of moon life with the world used paintings, the notion would be very unreliable and very inaccurate.
Photography allows the alternative to capture plenty of shots for accurate representative. Whereas, paintings role in science is virtually nil.
Imagine using paintings to show patients about their bone fractures in hospitals; had there not been X-ray photography people may never have been able to discover their fractures. Thus, painting in science has no purpose these days.
No photographs have ever depicted gods and deities, afterlife or heaven and hell, but there, surely , are many paintings holding up the religious values of different cultures since the primitive ages.
Ancient Egyptians used paintings as a medium to depict afterlife; these paintings clearly showed the ancient culture and religions of Egyptians.
Moreover, Thangka paintings are considered very important in Buddhist religion, as it depicts the religion sole identity; the life cycle until Nirvana, the deities of Buddhism.
Photography could only capture cultural heritages and not the cultural, spiritual and religious importance.
If painting has lost its purpose, why would 6 to 10 million people visit the Louvre, Paris every year? Paintings of great artists are work of art that can never be replaced by photography.
Painters used styles of art such as cubism, expressionism, pragmatism, realism to paint, but photographers take the help of digital photography and use styles of manipulation.
Mona Lisa, Lily Pond can never lose the purpose of their making; the divine artistic expressions hidden in the paintings can’t be ever taken away by minor skilled photography.
The creativity of humans is reflected in a painting, which is more imaginary, than any photographs available.