Light Science pp 225-243 | Cite as


  • Thomas D. Rossing
  • Christopher J. Chiaverina
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (UTCP)


Is photography art? That is a question that has been debated for many years. One definition of a work of art is that it is a formalized expression of experience as seen through a personality. If that is the case, then a well-executed photograph can certainly be a work of art. Although a photographer does not have as much freedom to interpret as a painter does, a photograph can certainly interpret a scene. Two photographers can record the same scene in totally different ways.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas D. Rossing
    • 1
  • Christopher J. Chiaverina
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsNorthern Illinois UniversityDe KalbUSA
  2. 2.Science DepartmentNew Trier High SchoolWinnetkaUSA

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