Mar 18 2012

Camera Position 99 : Harder Seeing

Published by at 11:00 am under Podcast Entry

Photographer Robert Frank said, “It is always an instantaneous reaction to oneself that produces a photograph.” Reading that quote in a wonderful essay by noted photographer and art historian Gretchen Garner, I also noted her idea that photographers respond to the world with gestures that are different from those that painters use. As Garner puts it, “Indeed, my belief is that in many ways, fine photography is more purely intellectual, purely visual, because the gestures involved are less connected to hand gestures but much more connected to intense observation, to harder seeing.”

Robert Frank, From "The Americans"

Robert Frank, From "The Americans"

Edward Weston, Shell, 1927

 

 

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  1. Jack Larsonon 21 Mar 2012 at 3:14 pm

    She mentions the eyes and the mind. Jay Maisel maintains that it is the mind much more so than the eyes.