The first stories were probably orally told, we have no evidence of that. Cave paintings can be seen as early depictions of story and through many ages painting had mainly that function, telling stories. From the Egyptian hieroglyphs to the paintings of the crucifixion of Christ in churches, and so on. After the invention of photography, painting got another function. Every time a new medium is invented, it has its effect on ways of storytelling. Printing, photography, film all challenged makers to invent new ways of storytelling. Now 3D, VR, interactive and other forms of digital storytelling make us rethink the imaging and structure of story. But still, some things never change. Stories are told to connect, to divert, to engage and to enjoy, no matter which medium is used to tell them.
Image: Raven at Dierenrijk, said to be messengers between worlds © Nina Kramer