Via The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Worried your eyes are playing tricks on you? They’re not. These beautiful pieces are all photos, a widely accepted artistic discipline.


1. Revolving Door With Hand; Tom Petrillo

Via Museum of Contemporary Photography

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It’s hard to tell exactly what this is at first, but a trained eye can discern that the artist shot this using digital. That’s right: artist. Photographers are artists too.


2. Still Life, New York; Wolfgang Tillmans

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If you don’t look closely, you could miss it. Notice the attention to detail, the color, the accuracy of this photograph—all part of a respected form of artistic expression.


3. 5417 Marigny Street, New Orleans, Louisiana; Robert Polidori

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Unsure if this is a photo? It is. Unsure if this photo is art? Make no mistake: This has been a widely appreciated medium for almost a century.


4. Sitting On The Wall: Haikou V; Weng Fen

Via The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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No doubt about it: This is artwork at its finest. If you don’t see that, then the problem is with you.


5. Untitled (Cowboy); Richard Prince

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Photography. Art. These words are not mutually exclusive, no matter how much you want them to be.


6. After A Flash Flood, Rancho Mirage, California, July 1979; Joel Sternfeld

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This work was displayed at the Met. That’s right, with all of the paintings and sculptures you love so much. At the Met.


7. Goldman Sachs Remnants Of Breakfast; Tom Petrillo

Via Museum of Contemporary Photography

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You wouldn’t know art if it slapped you across the face.