Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
this has been true since 1839 ...
why should it be any different now ?
There was no such conception of the photograph as expression in 1839, curators have since placed such images in the sphere of art.
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.