Some of the art forms that exist are sculpture, paintings, jewelry, furniture, sarcophaguses, and photography. All of these types of art forms are used to make a visual mark. By creating this art, people would leave evidence that they were present in the world.
For instance, sculpture was a true visual mark. These statues were of humans that captured the human body almost exactly as it was. Therefore, sculptures are similar to photographs. Another art form is sarcophaguses which are mummy cases that were coffins used for the deceased important people and/or kings in Ancient Egypt. The beautiful decorated cases tell us about their belief in the afterlife. Egyptians believed in the fragile state of transition that the dead would have to successfully transcend in their physical and spiritual journey from this world to their divine transformation in the next. (Egyptian Afterlife Ceremonies, Sarcophagi, Burial Masks). These works also mark their existence at one time.
Photography was intended to be “a permanent reflection of the world” (Forerunners). Therefore, the need to make a visual mark was successful by using a camera. Landscapes, cities, and seascapes were illustrational documentations of how large the earth was. Portraits of people were the most prosperous. The supply and demand was conquered by portraiture in the 19th century and they became more than just a memento. They were credentials of people, condition, and occupation. Daguerreotype portraits were very durable, almost 20 years.
I think that photography is the best way to capture reality.