Two of my favorite photographers, Jeff Wall and Michael Snow, also happen to be Canadian. Personal nationalism aside, they accomplish what few photographers have done: make art. For example, in Wall’s Picture for Women (1979), and Snow’s Authorization (1969) both artists self-consciously draw attention to the medium itself by showing the process of making the photograph.
It’s true that there are a lot of people who make beautiful photographs, but can we call this art if the camera is used to record something from the outside world that happened to be interesting? In the two images below, Wall and Snow include the camera in the picture itself. The artist doesn’t use any tricks to conceal the medium, the process is right in the image for the viewer to contemplate.