Photographs on the Brain #47

The greatest outpouring of personal narratives in the history of the planet has occurred on the Internet; as soon as there was a cheap and convenient means to do so, people enthusiastically paid to disseminate their autobiographies, commentaries, opinions, and reviews, happily assuming the roles of both author and publisher. - Daniel Mendelsohn


©Pauline Magnenat


Left: ©Thomas Albdorf; Right: ©Kanoa Zimmerman


©Christina Seely


©Kathryn Friedman


Left: Neil Armstrong; Right: ©Helen Sear

I have frequently been 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. – Robert Frank


©Joseph Koudelka


Left: ©Thorsten Brinkmann;  Right: ©Bobby Doherty


©Sander Meisner


Left: ©Lionel Arnaudie; Right: ©Richard Learoyd

Most everyone wants to control their circumstances, to dictate outcomes, but I would say life gets better when you relax and embrace your powerlessness. I like to think (and sometimes it really feels this way) that we have unseen helpers and maybe in the realm of photography there’s a heavenly pantheon of photographers like Evans, Atget, or Kertesz watching over us – and who behave like the gods of Greece – (this gets back to the question of exactly who is your audience) and who smile upon those who practice photography with sincerity and diligence and mischievous audacity. I am more interested in a photography that collaborates with chance events. - Mark Steinmetz


©Joseph Holmes


Left: ©Eva Stenram; Right: ©Christopher Williams


©Caitlin Teal Price


Left: ©Jennilee Marigomen;  Right: ©Yann Faucher


©Barbara Mattews

The photographers of the future will starve to death. If Armageddon comes, photographers will be left with a skill that cannot be traded or bartered for; photographers are the first humans to die. – Anon

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