1.) How does painting relate to photography? 2.) How does the relatively short history effect how we study photography? 3.) Are all judgments of art equal? 4.) What distinguishes an art object from all other non-art objects in the world? 5.) Why is recognition required? IS recognition required?
There was an art opening, already scheduled, that took place in Tucson the same day of the shootings this month. Oddly (or poetically) enough, the opening was for Francois Robert, whose work of photographs are of bones arranged in shapes that are symbols of violence, as the one above. http://www.hammergallery.com/Artists/Robert/robert.htm
This Smithsonian site addresses the question, "how does photography change things?" Among the issues painted broadly - how does photography change who we are, what we do, what we want, and then posts stories that draw a finer line such as Wendy Ewalds's - How Photography changes personal history, or Hany Farid's - Photography changes what we are willing to believe.