In 1839, upon learning of the first steps toward photography, French painter Paul Delaroche is said to have quipped, “From today on, painting is dead.” No one is quite sure Delaroche actually uttered these words. But the inherent question about the relationship between painting and photography is one that has been raised with each advance in ways to depict reality—whether film, video or computer imaging. Is painting dead? Art professors Robert Sites (Norfolk State University), recipient of a 2001-2002 fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and Richard Roth (Virginia Commonwealth University), chairman of the painting and printmaking department, weigh in.

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