Posts Tagged ‘quotes’

Forget to Show

June 14, 2010

From series "Afterlife" by Michael Massaia

‘I’m so involved in the technical aspects of what I’m doing, and always attempting to think of the next idea, that I tend to forget to show people the work. I’m trying to get better at that’.

Michael Massaia on Feature Shoot.

Terrorism, Advertising, Plane Crashes & Photography

May 20, 2010

Terrorism is a gesture of advertising; it’s a literary act, a form of representation, before all else. Its aim is not primarily to kill, but to capture the popular imagination through killing. It’s for this reason that I’m drawn to the air disaster: there is no finer, more succinct, more international, and more culturally loaded expression of the catastrophe than a plane crash. An airliner in vertical descent is a spectacle of modernity’s complete failure. It is horrifying, but also aesthetically powerful—and it’s for these reasons that terrorists covet the air disaster. I feel that photographers, who work in close proximity to advertising, can enter the terrorist’s symbolic order and violate the same taboos.

Richard Mosse interviewed on BLDGBLOG about his project photographing plane crash sites.

Ryan McGinley Meets Robert Frank

April 30, 2010

Esquire recently assigned [McGinley] to shoot Robert Frank, known as a photographer who waits for the moment. Mr. McGinley, who shoots as much as he can in the belief that “editing is just as good as shooting,” said he was aware that Mr. Frank was irritated by him. “I just started shooting, and I could tell the sound of the shutter going off was driving him nuts, like the sound of a machine gun.”

From a 2007 New York times article on Ryan McGinley. Imagining this encounter I can’t help but think of the Nixon/Elvis photo or David Bowie and Bing Crosby singing a duet.

Drugs, Tires & Mattresses

April 10, 2010

There are other photographers working in these cities but they do the people-centric ghetto photography. You see the folks drugging themselves, and the children playing with tires and mattresses—the same thing that doesn’t tell you anything.

Camilo Jose Vergara in a 2007 interview featured on American Suburb X

Steal What We Can

March 21, 2010

Photographers always claim to be collaborating with their subjects. The truth is we are willing to do anything to get what we want from them. We’ll steal what we can as quickly as we can or pay any price after that if the stealing doesn’t work. You know that is true.

Quoted in an article on Too Much Chocolate about photographing family.

[or as one of my photography professors said, <<somos vampiros>>]