following painting by Caillebotte, shows the influence of photography
in terms both of theme and the study of light.
Photographers of the time often shot urban scenes of the changing
Paris. Caillebotte strives to capture "a rainy instant"
of the newly designed Paris.
He uses photo to create a hyperreality:
the street scene could be real, although perspective is skewed.
The reflections off the newly
cobbled streets of
Paris reflect the color of the sky.
The busy bustling figures under the umbrellas walk hastily
to their destination.
on photography, Caillebotte creates the illusion of reality through
Other artists were also influenced
by photography. For example, Lautrec had several photos taken
of himself in costume, alone and with his friends. There are several
photographs of Lautrec in his studio. Many of Lautrec's compositions,
such as Ballet Dancers, show
a dynamism that would hardly have been achieved without the use
or knowledge of photography.
Courbet was influenced by photography.
He allowed himself to be photographed and participated in photo
shoots for open air scenes that included peasant life and the
working class. He was a supporter of Felix Valloton's photographic
realism. Valloton and Courbet shared a common interest: both intensively
used the female body as subject. Courbet would incorporate his
female nudes in naturalist landscapes. Vallotton used stock images
of nudes as a substitute for live models.