photo-mechanical image manipulation
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But if you need a little additional information you can read Various Artists
own version of the history of the influence of the photo-mechanical image
on 20th and 21st century art.
First the camera was invented, then the cinema, next it was television.
But with the invention of the photocopier, image reproduction becme accessable
and cheap. It didn't take the artist long to realise the creative potential
of this machine and they duely put it to use. Creating instant images in
a similar way to pop artists who used screen printing to create their cultural
The photocopier became the ultimate medium of the techno-punk artist, and
established it as a primary medium of the underground art world.
Artists also manipulate the effects of the printing process of colour copiers
to generate their own reproduction techniques. By moving the image as it
was being reproduced, they found that they could stylise their own work.
As colour copying technology advanced the machines became more like colour
mixing desks. With such innovations as colour selection, inverted colours,
pixelisation and solarisation. The artist found that they had medium of
The fax machine suffered a similar fate as underground artists pre-dated
E-mail art with fax art.
By the time Mr Big had got round to releasing the lazer scanner on to the
market, he had already sold us the television, home movie and video.
Run it all through a personnel computer in conjunction with the relevent
software packages. Then post it down telephone line and 'Viola'! Multi-media
on the Internet.