Soul of a Camera

Does a camera have a soul? In case of a Leica, you are tempted to think that. Leica has been dominating the better part of the 20th century when it comes to taking the pictures that really matter. How much is it the camera, how much is it the fact, that this one was just… Continue reading Soul of a Camera

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Dead Heroes II

I have no idea, if Hilla Becher ever took any other pictures than those of industrial structures. Maybe there are some pictures of her kids, images of last christmas, a selfie with her husband who had already passed away in 2007. Hilla Becher and her husband Bernd Becher have been the epitome of consistency in visual… Continue reading Dead Heroes II

Goodbye Lou Reed

Sometimes I feel so happy, Sometimes I feel so sad. — from Pale Blue Eyes, Velvet Underground felt sad, when I accidentally stumbled upon this short note from Lou Reed on Robert Frank’s photo, realizing that he was actually gone and I’m entering an age where the heroes of my youth are starting to die. This is purely… Continue reading Goodbye Lou Reed

Too Many Images II

In 1853 the New York Daily estimated that three million daguerrotypes were being produced that year. — A.C. Wilers, “Poet and  Photography”, in Picturescope, Vol. XI. No 4   Flickr has grown to the point where it now has 92 million users, spread across 63 countries, who contribute to almost 2 million groups and share around 1… Continue reading Too Many Images II

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On Repetition

— Excerpt from the film Stolen Kisses (Baisers volés), François Truffaut, 1962.  

The Trap

Photography cannot find alternatives to depiction, as could the other fine arts. It is in the physical nature of the medium to depict things. In order to participate in the kind of reflexivity made mandatory for modernist art, photography can put into play only its own necessary condition of being a depiction-which-constitues-an-object. — Jeff Wall,… Continue reading The Trap

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There Are Too Many Images

There are too many images. Too many cameras now. We’re all being watched. It gets sillier and sillier. As if all action is meaningful. Nothing is really all that special. It’s just life. If all moments are recorded, then nothing is beautiful and maybe photography isn’t an art anymore. Maybe it never was. — Robert… Continue reading There Are Too Many Images

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Photogrammar: 170,000 photographs of America between 1935 and 1945

Between 1935 to 1945 the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information commissioned photographers to document the situation of the agricultural communities of America after the depression and the great drought known as the “Dust Bowl” had thrown many people into poverty. The university of Yale has now made these more than 170.000… Continue reading Photogrammar: 170,000 photographs of America between 1935 and 1945

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