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I’m supposed to be a pioneer in color. I didn’t know I was a pioneer, but I’ve been told I’m a pioneer. I’ll just go ahead and be a pioneer!

I find it strange that anyone would believe that the only thing that matters is black and white. It’s just idiotic. The history of art is the history of color. The cave paintings had color … [But] there has always been the idea in certain circles that form is more important, that to have too much color is not good, it distracts from your concentration.

Saul Leiter

I think every photograph has performance built 
into it on a couple of levels. There’s the performance of the photographer making a picture. Converging on a spot, various preparations, getting lucky—all of this involves performance. Then you have the performance of printing the photograph. My Glass House photographs accentuate the performance
 of their making by intervening with things that I put in front of the camera. I started out with a few colored filters and then gradually added more filters, then curved Mylar, clear and colored glass, and finally a scientific diffraction grating.

James Welling: Monograph — via Aperture

I’m drawn to looking at what’s new and fresh, yet reminiscent of something old, learned, forgotten. I like the idea of banal daily moments inadvertently taking on the forms and shapes of an ancestral code. Seeing this way helps me believe in a continuity between the past and the present. But my understanding of history is very blurred and imprecise, so the visions I harken to are not tied to one particular root, they are associating rather loosely, which hopefully allows the photographs to be open and more like allegories rather than illustrations.

Interview with Irina Rozovsky and Rose Marie Cromwell on Lay Flat

Instagram is revolutionizing the way that we communicate through images. It’s a vessel for a picture to reach a potentially massive audience in an instant. Once the picture is uploaded and reaches the followers of the specific feed; from there, it can reach thousands and perhaps millions of others through other social media.

One of the most unique aspects about Instagram is that it’s direct from the field— from photographer to viewer. By handing over TIME’s Instagram feed to a photographer covering a breaking news story—whether it’s Ed Kashi on Hurricane Sandy or Brooks Kraft on Obama’s election trail—we are giving the photographer the opportunity to file direct from the field to our viewers. No editor involved. That’s revolutionary.

TIME’s Director of Photography Kira Pollack (via: PHOTO JOURNAL: TIME MAGAZINE / LIGHTBOX: A SACRED PAUSE)

… my developing identity was ensnarled with the camera, its natural power to encode and communicate that which was in front of me and that which was within me …

Larry Fink

*** Larry Fink will be doing a workshop at Aperture in February, for more information go here.

If it makes you laugh, if it makes you cry, if it rips out your heart, that’s a good picture.

Eddie Adams. See photographs from the Eddie Adams workshop through the years here.

Magnum Photographers on their craft — part two

What advice would you give to a photographer starting out?

Stuart Franklin: Take photographs, then more photographs. Of anything – friends, yourself, family. Train your eye.

Moises Saman: Be passionate about what you doing and always aim for honesty in your work. 

Mark Power: Find a subject you are interested in and make work about it. If you are struggling to find your own voice, don’t worry; look at and learn from the history of photography, so you have some idea where your work fits and so you are not reinventing the wheel.  Read books about the subject – good ones – and visit exhibitions. Research your ideas, but not to the point where you “talk a good picture” while there are no decent pictures on the table – I see/hear this a lot! Don’t be afraid to be heavily influenced by others – eventually your own voice will come out. Take risks; get out of your comfort zone. But you must be committed, and work hard. And be patient: recognition rarely comes quickly.

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Photography is in a way a mental process. We have to know what to, be clear, on what we want to say. Our conceptions, our, what we think of a certain situation, a certain problem. Photography is a way of writing it, of drawing, making sketches of it.

INTERVIEW: “Henri Cartier-Bresson – Famous Photographers Tell How” (1958)

With these photographs, I have attempted to show a cross-section of the American population. My effort was to express it simply and without confusion. The view is personal and, therefore, various facets of American life and society have been ignored. The photographs were taken during 1955 and 1956; for the most part in large cities such as Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and in many other places during my Journey across the country. My book, containing these photographs, will be published in Paris by Robert Delpire, 1958.

I have been frequently accused of deliberately twisting subject matter to my point of view. Above all, I know that life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference. Opinion often consists of a kind of criticism. But criticism can come out of love. It is important to see what is invisible to others—perhaps the look of hope or the look of sadness. Also, it is always the instantaneous reaction to oneself that produces a photograph.

My photographs are not planned or composed in advance and I do not anticipate that the on-looker will share my viewpoint. However, I feel that if my photograph leaves an image on his mind—something has been accomplished.

Robert Frank “A Statement” (1958)

The important thing is not the camera but the eye.

Alfred Eisenstaedt

A camera is both a tool and a collaborator, but without our direction, it cannot function. Eisenstaedt reminds us that our films and cameras can only take photos of what we see through our creative vision. It also emphasizes the importance of training the eye to “see” a picture before clicking the shutter.

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