from an article written in 1923 by Dziga…

from an article written in 1923 by Dziga Vertov, the revolutionary Soviet film director pictured in Figure 2.1:

I’m an eye. A mechanical eye. I, the machine, show you a world the way only I can see it. I free myself for today and forever from human immobility. I’m in constant movement. I approach and pull away from objects. I creep under them. I move alongside a running horse’s mouth. I fall and rise with the falling and rising bodies. This is I, the machine, manoeuvring in the chaotic movements, recording one movement after another in the most complex combinations.

Freed from the boundaries of time and space, I coordinate any and all points of the universe, wherever I want them to be. My way leads towards the creation of a fresh perception of the world. Thus I explain in a new way the world unknown to you.

Quoted in John Berger, Ways of Seeing, Penguin Books, 1972, ISBN 978-0140135152

“Sharpness is a bourgeois concept ” Henri Cartier…

“Sharpness is a bourgeois concept.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera, they are made with the eye, heart & head.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field.” – Peter Adams

‘The art of looking at pictures can only…

‘The art of looking at pictures can only be properly acquired by constantly looking at pictures ….’

Dr S.D. Jouhar FRPS FPSA (1946)

Plus talking, at least to yourself, about what you see and what it means. (RP)