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The Manifesto of the Mobile Art Revolution




Just as photography once struggled to gain acceptance in the world of art, a new revolution is at hand. iPhoneArt and iPhoneography are leading this underground movement into the light. Where it goes from here is anybody’s guess — but iPhoneArt.com is where you’ll find it.



The history of art is as old as the history of humankind.

We humans are the only species known to spend our time on this purely aesthetic and emotional pursuit. Why we feel compelled to create and be creative is a question with as many answers as there are people.  

From pre-historic cave paintings and oral histories passed through generations to 21st century 3-D movies, the history of art has seen countless styles and mediums spring up, struggle to find their place, and ultimately thrive — though this process is not always a smooth one. A new art form often takes years to gain acceptance. Writing with light was one of them.



The earliest mention of the basic principal behind the Camera Obscuraor Pinhole Camera dates back to 400 BC and the Chinese philosopher Mo Ti; its earliest recorded uses surfaced in the 13th century writings of Leonardo DaVinci. Yet the medium of photography as an art form was not commonly accepted until the 20th century. 

At first, fine art photographers attempted to imitate painting styles, using soft focus lenses and other methods to make their work look more like art. Photography came into its own due in large part to a small group of photographers such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Imogen Cunningham, founders of Group f/64, who spent their lives exploring and advocating this new medium. Relentlessly they maintained that photography’s sharply focused images were a viable form of artistic expression, not just an imitation.

Today the styles and methods of writing with light are as varied — and accepted — as painting and other visual art forms.

Twentieth century digital art began in much the same way, as computers revolutionized our view of painting, drawing, sculpture, and even photography. Filmmaking led the way, bringing to life fantastical creatures, characters and worlds beyond imagination.

These new art forms once took years to master — were time consuming and cost prohibitive to the average person. But a revolution is at hand.



Smart phones and other hand held devices are today’s newest medium in art.

Combined with software applications that can be run quickly and easily without the need for extensive training, they have transformed contemporary art forms in an important way — they are accessible to all.

Mobile Artists everywhere are creating and experimenting.  The floodgates are open — a new art form is ready to be explored.

Here at iPhoneArt, we are inspired by new technologies that allow most anyone to create images, music and movies at any given moment, no matter where they are.

We are excited to watch this underground movement rise up and move into the light — coming into its own on a global stage — attempting to find its way and gain acceptance in the world of traditional art. 

To us, these mobile devices are the modern day equivalent of the Camera Obscura. Leonardo Da Vinci, Johannes Vermeer and countless other artists used the technology of the Camera Obscura and Camera Lucida to view or project real life images onto paper or canvas as they worked — helping them learn — and create exceptional works of art.

The technology of the iPhone, iPad and other similar devies combined with various software applications, similarly allow life itself to appear on our screen anywhere we go. It gives each of us a set of tools to interpret, embellish or create something entirely new.

“The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.”  Paul Strand

So sign up now and show us what you’ve got. We can’t wait to see what you create.

Post your work and join the conversation. Help us spread the word of this new medium around the world, push its boundaries, and see how far we can take it.

Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments or new ideas.  

We want to build a community — and we want you to help us make it better — as we explore and ultimately thrive, along with all of you.

“The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.” William Faulkner  


As our community grows, we will hold brick and mortar gallery shows featuring the best works created by those iPhoneArtists willing to participate.

We are creating an Artists section on our site where you will be able to view uploaded works by artist, and where our award winners will be featured along with all the best work on the site.

And we will be implementing an iPrints program. Any uploaded work entered into the program will be made available for sale to the public as an archival fine art or light-jet print with proceeds going to the artist in much the same way as a tradition art co-op.

The larger our community grows, the more opportunities we will be able to offer our members. For this reason, we would encourage you all to share some of your iPhoneArt links with friends on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or other preferred outlets.



We want you, our members, to use iPhoneArt.com as a tool for getting out the word about any personal shows or art-related opportunities you know of.

We would encourage you all to share information or pose questions for discussion on our Studio Talk boards.

We want to partner with you to improve our site and build our community together, so please take a moment to contact us with:

ANY IDEAS YOU HAVE about how we might expand and grow to better serve your artistic needs and interests.

ANY PROBLEM YOU EXPERIENCE with our site, technical or otherwise, so we can get things running more smoothly.

ANY NEWS OR OPPORTUNITIES YOU WANT TO SHARE regarding iPhoneArt that we can pass on to all our members.

ANY APPLICATIONS that would make a good addition to our Critiques section: what Apps you are using to create your work, and how well you like them. Please email us the name of any Apps you feel worthy of attention, along with your own review/comments. We will add them to our Critiques section.

Together — over time — we hope that iPhoneArt.com will improve, expand, and most importantly begin to provide helpful information and opportunities for our artists. We are excited that you are joining us now, at the beginning, and very much want each of you to have a hand in shaping along with us — this new community of artists — this new kind of art.

We want to show the world what is possible.