16 May 2007

The Art Motive in Photography

Paul Strand
White Fence
courtesy of Masters of Photography

The last issues of Camera Work edited by Stieglitz and Steichen were
dedicated to the work of Paul Strand. Strand was also writing essays on
photography. This article "The Art Motive in Photography" published in
The British Journal of Photography, Vol.70,pp 612-15, 1923 is interesting,
and has not lost its actuality:

"The unintelligence of present-day photographers, that is of so called pictorial
photographers, lies in the fact that they have not discovered the basic
qualities of their medium, either through the misconceptions of the past
or through working. They do not see the thing which is happening, or
which has happened, because they do not know their own tradition."

Read full article here

1 comment:

Ulla said...

"Above all, look at the things around you, the immediate world around you... something which is at least a photograph, which has a life of its own..."

Interesting, I have to read the whole article with concentration.