Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
In the realm of the imaginary, the Photograph … represents this very subtle moment where, to tell the truth, I am neither a subject nor object, but rather a subject who feels itself become object: I then live a micro-experience of death (of parenthesis): I become truly a ghost.
Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida
In the field, outside the controlled confines of the studio, a photographer is confronted with a complex web of visual juxtapositions that realign themselves with each step the photographer takes. Take one step and something hidden comes into view; take another and an object in the front now presses up against one in the distance. Take one step and the discription of deep space is clarified; take another and it is obscured.
Dubo, Dubon, Dubonnet, Paris, 1934 by André Kertész
quoted from The Depictive Level: Flatness, The Nature of Photographs by Steven Shore - A Primer. [ Phaidon, 2007, reprint from 2010]
photo from RMN
I photograph everything, everywhere and always. Everything!
I shoot life on margin simply because I want to direct attention to certain details on which we have disposition to close our eyes, and not to admit that something like that exists…
However, all that exist and it is part of our life.
You have to have it in you first, you don’t learn it. The seeing eye is the important thing.
In the past we listened to photographs. They heard our voice speak.
Alive, active. What had been distance was memory.
Dorothea Lange on Photography
While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.
op. cit. in: Nathan Lyons, Photographers on photography: a critical anthology (Prentice-Hall, 1966)
“The difference between the casual impression and the intensified image is about as great as that separating the average business letter from a poem. If you choose your subject selectively — intuitively — the camera can write poetry.”
It’s important to take bad pictures. It’s the bad ones that have to do with what you’ve never done before. They can make you recognize something you hadn’t seen in a way that will make you recognize it when you see it again.
most fascinating thing about photography is that it still manages to fascinate us more than anything else.
thinking out loud, haven’t done it for a while.
[if you ever wondered what my real name is;]
Photography does not create eternity, as art does; it embalms time, rescuing it simply from its proper corruption.
Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be.
The photographer chooses oddity, chases it, frames it, develops it, titles it.