I've been into photograph lately, especially model photography of attractive women. So, would Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition, Victoria Secret, etcetera... photos be considered art; or is this just me like looking at attractive women?
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I'd say it depends on context. As a photographer, I notice the lighting and the set design and posing that goes into Victoria's Secret photographs. I often think the photographs are done well. If you take the photographs out of the context of catalogs or images on their website, I think they can be considered art. But when the photos are paired with captions, prices and headlines on a catalog spread or on a webpage, then the agenda becomes completely different. The photos are then used to advertise products, not to necessarily be appreciated or admired. You can do that too, but that's not the main objective.
Modeling can be art, definitely. I think it's just easier to define something as art that isn't serving a function like advertising, and is instead, aimed at making the viewer respond--as in appreciation, feeling emotion, or interpreting the piece.