For most of us, we usually think of photography as the best way to record the world around us. From cherished family snapshots on vacation to greeting-card ready photos of our four-legged friends, the camera does a great job capturing a moment in time. But is that all photography can do?

Well, not quite. As the artist Lazlo Moholy-Nagy once wrote, “the camera should be liberated from its role of recording the natural world in order to create abstract pictures of light and form”.

Check out the video below for a look at three artists who each explore abstraction in photography.

Want to learn more? Don’t forget to browse other inspiring resources on the fundamentals of photography at MOPA’s Photo 101Also, make sure to check out MOPA’s Nancy K. Dubois Library for unique resources related to photography and film.


Special thanks to the artists Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, Aaron Siskind and Alejandra Laviada.

Additional financial support is provided by the Gould Family Foundation and the City of San Diego.