How to Deal with People who say “I could do that”

PBS Digital Studios have put together a short segment discussing how to approach the age old layman saying “I could do that.” It’s a phrase that photographers and artists alike often run in to when looking at what looks like unskilled art in the modern era.

The traditional answer of you didn’t, and they did didn’t quite cut it for one PBS viewer so Sarah Green got down to business. In this lovely little video, Sarah discusses several art pieces we may be familiar with and touches also on the implications the dawn of photography had.

So next time you unintentionally insult a photographer, artist or museum curator with your witty remark, take a closer look at the artwork and ask yourself what you’re looking for.


Related: Can You Tell the Difference Between Modern Art and Paintings by Toddlers. (I scored 4 out of 11.)

3 thoughts on “How to Deal with People who say “I could do that”

  1. Joe August 31, 2015 / 7:42 pm

    I usually respond ‘Yes, you could.” and leave it at that.


    • rod September 1, 2015 / 8:56 am

      I could write a better comment than that


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