Permanence of Fine Art


This artwork is by Justin Brice Guariglia, made by printing an aerial photograph of glaciers in Greenland onto aluminum and polystyrene canvases. Guariglia originally worked as a photographer, but changed to the fine arts discipline because:

Photos printed in a magazine are inevitably thrown away; he wanted to create art that lasts forever. […] “The physical object in the photo is already gone,” he says. “But the actual image will last forever—as long as we don’t recycle it.”

I do agree with this sentiment, but I believe it downplays the impact of important photographs throughout the ages. What are some photos that have stood the test of time and have valuable implications of the time from which they came?

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