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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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.”
“… 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 …”
“If it makes you laugh, if it makes you cry, if it rips out your heart, that’s a good picture.”
“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.”
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.”
“The important thing is not the camera but the eye.”