01 September 2009

about photography

"To the vast majority of people a photograph is an image of something within their direct experience: a more-or-less factual reality. It is difficult for them to realize that the photograph can be a source of experience, as well as the reflection of spiritual awareness of the world and self. The painters have done little to dispel the impression of their superiority in the creative graphic fields; they point with scorn (and often correctly) to the shallow "storytelling" aspects of photography, and they also disapprove of photographers who attempt superficial "abstract" or "no-objective" effects within the limits of photographic processes. To a large majority a photograph bears the same relationship to a fine painting as a contractor-designed house does to a fine architectural creation. This situation would be ridiculous were it not so tragic. The truth is that photography is limited only by the photographers!"

- Ansel Adams, from "The Profession of Photography",
Aperture vol. 1, no 3, 1952

1 comment:

Jan Buse said...

Different photographers have different approaches to photography. It has always been that way.

Photography can be so many different things, and the digital age offers even more opportunities than before. Like it or not.

And it is not the used tools that determine whether an image is interesting or not. Or it should not be that way, I think.