Photorealism has explored the extents of what the human hand is capable of achieving with paint mediums.
Louis Meisel defined Photorealism as a movement in the 1960s. Photo-Realists use the camera and photograph to gather information. They use mechanical or semi-mechanical means to transfer the information to the canvas and ultimately must have the technical ability to make the finished work appear photographic.
They have provided an anchor around which Photorealism could develop and a center-point around which ideas could be discussed.
It could be said that Hyperrealism is a derivative of photorealism; where the subject matter is depicted as realistically as possible but the context in which it is placed remains ambiguous, all with the aim of leaving an emotional imprint from which to interpret.


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