There was no such conception of the photograph as expression in 1839, curators have since placed such images in the sphere of art.
Originally Posted by jnanian
This is what I'm saying, when what curators say goes, photographers who live up to their definition are diluting the potential of the expressive photograph.
Art in general is conservative by choice for this reason, not out of a lack of ideas.
Not quite 1839, but Lartigue is one of the most well known - a kid amusing himself with his Brownie is now artist, par excellence.