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This article was issued by the European branch of the El Universal Ilustrado agency in Paris. According to Pierre Mac-Orlan, photography was an experimental art that would lead to an understanding of mankind. In his opinion, both the phonograph and the camera were reflections of the all-pervasive influence of science at this point in time. He writes that the art of photography, however, was still the subject of exploration and research. In Germany, it was associated with an expression of the more emotional aspects of nature. In France, authors such as Kertez, Tabard, Man Ray, Berenice Abott, and Germaine Krull could be reproached for seeing photography purely as a form of visual art. In response to these characterizations, Mac-Orlan says that photography was not content to simply portray conventional images, but also claimed to see the secrets of men’s souls.
As distinct from prevailing attitudes to photography in Mexico, this article from Europe no longer questioned whether or not photography should be considered one of the visual arts.