“Exquisite Reality” features historical photos from the latter half of the 19th century and explores how photographers’ artistic choices, such as framing or lighting, could affect how viewers perceived the subject. Courtesy Cantor Arts Center

As an art form, photography isn’t that old, at least compared to painting or sculpting, but it’s changed enormously over its relatively brief history, not only due to technological advances but also in how we perceive its role, and that of the photographer.

At its inception in the 1830s and 40s, photography was, due to its scientific origins, considered “apolitical,” according to the website for “Exquisite Reality: Photography and the Invention of Nationhood, 1851–1900” a new online exhibit at Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center. The exhibit explores how early photography was in fact used extensively as a political tool, looking at how photographers made artistic decisions that reveal their own interpretations of reality.

This exhibition

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Photo credit: RYAN LIEBE
Photo credit: RYAN LIEBE

From House Beautiful

Planning out a gorgeous gallery wall just got so much easier, thanks to the Etsy app. The platform was already a great resource for finding unique pieces and discovering new artists and makers, but with Etsy’s new augmented reality feature, you can now see what different wall art will look like in your home before you ever make a purchase.

Shoppers have been on the search for art on the platform even more than usual lately, so this update only makes sense given the trend. According to Etsy, the brand has seen a 94 percent increase in searches for wall decor or art in the last three full months compared to last year, along with a 63 percent increase in searches for paintings, and a 54 percent increase in searches for prints or illustrations.

The new AR feature, which is now available

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