ive found this article commenting to James’s piece. It includes great comments from people that posted on the guardian website.
“Contemporary photography is an established medium in its own right and there is no reason that it should not been viewed in a contemporary gallery. No, it’s not like painting. Painting evolves over time while a photo is taken in a split second. Both require knowledge and skill. Both can be valuable documents. There are great paintings and bad photos just as there are great photos and bad paintings. They perform different functions. By making a comparison between them you do both a disservice.” –David Fox