InDecisive? A Rant.

In Influences, Rants and Sermons, Thoughts & Theory by David17 Comments

In 1952, celebrated photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson wrote Une Decisive Moment, a book filled with both his photographs and philosophy. One concept, the titular “decisive moment” has become so well-known as to become cliche and then suffer the same fate most thoughts and theories suffer when their commentators and quoters drift too far from the source material. Here, then is the …

Personal Style: A Rant.

In Rants and Sermons, Thoughts & Theory by David2 Comments

Spend any time with photographers talking about the work of other photographers and the words “he’s got a really unique style” will tumble out of someone’s mouth faster than hands off a greased pig. We value style, forms of expression so unique to shooters that you can identify their work immediately. Show me a Jill Greenberg photograph, or an Annie …

Visual Literacy

In Books, Resources, Thoughts & Theory by David3 Comments

I suspect the democratic nature of photography – the fact that anyone can pick up a camera and begin making photographs without the kind of talent or training needed to be, say, a painter – is what is responsible for some of the best and worst of this art. The best because it puts it into the hands of children …