Quote Originally Posted by CPorter View Post
It is merely a stance against photography being used to imitate other art forms, and an assertion that the purity of the photographic image is, in itself, the art form of the photographic process, accentuated by the optical qualities of the lens, I believe AA used the term "straight photography" in the writings. Not to be confused with a "straight print" made without any dodging and burning, the phrases are not at all to be used interchageably.
So what's wrong with photography imitating other art forms?

HCB used photography to "draw pictures" instead of pencil and paper.

I fully believe that HCB would have simply used a different medium if photography had not be available. Cameras and photographic processes were incidental to him, simply tools that were convenient in expressing ideas, not somthing that had a role in defining the idea.