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The more amateurish you are, the higher you aim your ambition to find an anchor in an old practice or imitate Ansel Adams, in a kind of congealing of art photography around the set of values of the perfect image. But what about Diane Arbus or Walker Evans incapacity to print decently? Why believe that photos must have an impeachable veridical relationship to their subject matter, ever? A lot of the great Brassai pictures, for example, are staged pictures. The difference between descriptive and art photography is an obvious authorship marker.
- Paraphrases from SFMOMA symposium.
Try increasing the colour temperature first as that often brings colours to life more than increasing the saturation so much. It's hard to tell, but it looks a little blue to me.
"To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing."
I repeat here my favorite citations:
Take creative risks, you only live once.
- Martin Usborne, photographer"
"If absolute truth were the only thing photography had to offer, it would have disappeared a century ago. Photography isn't merely a window on the world, it's a portal into the unconscious, wide open to fantasies, nightmares, obsessions, and the purest abstraction"
- Vince Aletti, art editor and photography critic
Today, with everyone being able to easily make technically perfect photographs with a cell phone, you need to be an author. It is all about authorship."
–David Alan Harvey, Magnum photographer
"The falsification of photography didn't start with Photoshop, it started with photography. You could look at a photograph and form your own interpretation of it.
Are we that much smarter now? Colin Powell appeared before the United Nations as Secretary of State and showed photographs of plants in Iraq that he claimed produced chemical or biological weaponry. On that basis we went to war."
- Errol Morris on Photography and Reality
Eddie Adams, the AP photographer who snapped the photo of South Vietnamese General Loan executing a defenseless Vietcong prisoner, and earned a Pulitzer Prize for the picture, says: " People believe in photographs, but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truths. Adams discovered that Loan was a beloved hero in Vietnam, to his troops and the citizens and fought for the construction of hospitals in South Vietnam. National Review Online, Jonah Goldberg, August 26, 1999.
Why a photo is popular may not have any answer. The attractiveness of a photo increases with the number of people liking it. The popularity play as large a role in determining the rank of a successful photo as the technical skills qualities. What we call talent usually comes from success, rather than its opposite. See this New York Times text:
There are no rules of art that explain the evolution of art in history. Why would anyone think that their taste can predict what is necessary to make a work beautiful or meaningful?
Only get into photography if you are passionate. But if you do go for it then take creative risks, you only live once.
- Martin Usborne in "10 minutes with Martin Usborne"
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