When we make a picture of something, we elevate the importance of that subject merely by the act of paying attention to it with our camera. This basic idea is one my most closely held photographic beliefs. It doesn’t matter how insignificant the subject may appear to be; the camera’s lens and our point of view give it importance.
With this 100th episode of Camera Position, I return to my roots as a photographer and also introduce the theme for the 2013 Society for Photographic Education conference, which I’m chairing. “Conferring Significance: Celebrating Photography’s Continuum” will be the theme of the SPE conference next year as the organization meets at the famed Palmer House hotel in Chicago for our 50th anniversary. Mark your calendar for March 7, 8 & 9 of 2013; I hope to see many of you there.