Thursday, August 18, 2011

Visual impact

There are two ways of looking at a thing. Either you feel that a thing must be perfect before you present it to the public, or you are willing to let it go out even knowing that it is not perfect, because you are striving for some-thing even beyond what you have achieved, but in struggling too hard for perfection you know that you may lose the very glimmer of life, the very spirit of the thing that you also know exists at a particular point in what you have done; and to interfere with it would be to destroy that very living quality.

William Gedney

Let us first say what a photograph is not. A photograph is not a painting, a poem, a symphony, a dance. It is not just a pretty picture, not an exercise in contortionist techniques and sheer print quality. It is or should be a significant document, a penetrating statement, which can be described in a very simple term--selectivity.

Berenice Abbott

There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment. This kind of photography is realism. But realism is not enough--there has to be vision and the two together can make a good photograph.  It is difficult to describe this thin line where matter ends and mind begins.

Robert Frank

1 comment:

Vaida said...

That's a brilliant post and thanks for it. Love the quotations and the photos you've selected. Makes me think about photography in more depth