Photography is the serious art of our time. It also happens to be the most accessible and democratic way of making art that has ever been invented. But first, let's define photography.
A photograph is an image captured on film, paper or – most commonly now – in digital memory. Photography also includes moving images captured on film or video. Moving or still, we all know a photograph is not a pure record of the visual world: it can be edited and transformed in infinite ways.
Today, photography is the only art that seriously maintains this attention to the stuff that matters. Just look (as the world is looking) at this week's incredible photographs of a family surviving a wild fire in Tasmania. Here is the human creature, vulnerable and heroic.