Picturesque: Between Painting and Photography

Picturesque is the neo-pictorial project of German photographer Ezgi Polat, who has created a series of portraits that look almost like paintings.

In the nineteenth century, photography has found a place next to the art of paintings and since then, a controversial relationship has been created between them; painters often felt threatened by this new form of art.

The new technology made it possible to produce much cheaper and more realistic images than paintings. Subsequently, with the affirmation of the pictorial photographic movement, it was possible to reconcile the two practices.

In the series of portraits created by the artist, it’s evident how this competition between the two art forms can also be a source of creativity.