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Guy Tal Quote About Landscape Photography #1

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Grand Tetons River and Waterfall

Grand Tetons River and Waterfall by Gina Genis

 

The beautiful scenery is there, but it cares not for pleasing composition or the quality of light at any moment in time. This is where the artist comes in, arranging in a frame the scattered elements into a story, anticipating and chasing the light, bringing it all together to create an evocative image capable of communicating the visual experience and impressing the grandeur of a fleeting moment on viewers for generations to come.

Guy Tal contemporary photographer

Guy Tal, photographer

Guy Tal, photographer

 

 

David Hockney Quote #1

David Hockney collage photograph

David Hockney collage photograph

All religions are about social control. The church, when it had social control, commissioned paintings, which were made using lenses and when it stopped commissioning images, its power declined, slowly. Social control today is in the media—and based on photography. The continuum is the mirrors and lenses.

David Hockney, Artist, b. 1937, Bradford, England, currently living in Los Angeles.

Henry Ward Beecher Quote About Painting

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Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.

~ Henry Ward Beecher

 

 

Yann Arthus-Bertrand Quote #1

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Yann Arthus-Bertrand photo

Yann Arthus-Bertrand photo #1

“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness”.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand – From the book: Earth from Above, 3rd Edition

Yann Arthus-Bertrand photo #2

Yann Arthus-Bertrand photo #2
Yann Arthus-Bertrand photo #3

Yann Arthus-Bertrand photo #3

Yann Arthus-Bertrand at work

Yann Arthus-Bertrand at work

Philippe Halsman Quote #1

Phillippe Halsman - Salvador Dali

Philippe Halsman image of Salvador Dali in his studio.

“The immortal photographers will be straightforward photographers, those who do not rely on tricks or special techniques.”

Philippe Halsman, American portrait photographer. May 2, 1906 – June 25, 1979

Look closely at the unretouched image of Salvador Dali in his studio. Notice the thin lines from the ceiling to the items suspended from them. Imagine the time it took to set this tableau up. Today, Photoshop junkies blend many photographs together to create such scenes.

When I read Halsman’s quote, I am reminded of how far the pendulum has moved away from straightforward photos. In the age of Instagram’s one click manipulations, fantasy photos are easy to create. It seems the appetite for un-reality is bigger than it is for pepperoni pizza.

Philippe Halsman photo from 1953.

Philippe Halsman photo in Florida from 1953.

Personally, I got bored with Instagram after two weeks and closed my account. The “click and aahh” as I call it, was unsatisfying. Are my photos more interesting than before the filter, vignette, and frame are added? Only if I take a bad photo and want to make it passable. A good photo only becomes muddled, and loses its meaning.

Maybe someday the pendulum will balance itself again. Until then, what I find “aahh” worthy is becoming more rare.

Diane Arbus Quote #1

Diane Arbus at work

Diane Arbus at work

Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.
~ Diane Arbus, American photographer, March 14, 1923 – July 26, 1971
Diane Arbus was most known for her portraits of people who lived outside “normal” society. Her stark images of transgenders, circus performers and misshapen people branded her with a reputation of being a photographer of “freaks”.

Diane Arbus photograph

“Child with toy hand grenade in Central Park” 1962 by Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus portrait

Diane Arbus portrait “Young Man in Curlers”

Diane Arbus image of a circus performer

Diane Arbus image of a circus performer

Diane Arbus photograph

Diane Arbus photograph

Beaumont Newhall Quote About Arnold Newman’s Portraits

Arnold Newman photo of Igor Stravinski

Arnold Newman photo of Igor Stravinski

“The camera is a deceptive tool. With today’s technology mediocre results can be achieved automatically.

Unfortunately, mediocrity is all too often confused with success; we are too easily pleased. To push photography beyond the acceptable demands self-discipline and self-criticism on the part of the artist…..

Avoidance of the trite, the banal, the obvious demands visual imagination. Newman’s insistence upon the inclusion of his portraits of some vital aspect of the sitter’s environment goes far beyond obvious symbolism. Subtly, yet powerfully, he recreates the very world of the sitter….

There are photographers who impose their personalities upon the images they create to such an extent that the sitter becomes a model and not a person. Not so Newman, which may be the reason he dislikes fashion photography….”

Beaumont Newhall, From the foreword to the book One Mind’s Eye – The Portraits and Other Photographs of Arnold Newman, David R. Godine, Publisher, Boston 1974

Arnold Newman at home, 1980. Photographer unknown.

Arnold Newman at home, 1980. photographer unknown.

Arnold Newman photograph of Pablo Picasso

Arnold Newman photograph of Pablo Picasso

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