Many articles on photographic art
‘There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.’ – Robert Frank
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
‘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)
I am an amateur and intend to remain one my whole life long. I attribute to photography the task of recording the real nature of things, their interior, their life. The photographer’s art is a continuous discovery which requires patience and time. A photograph draws its beauty from the truth with which it’s marked. For this very reason I refuse all the tricks of the trade and professional virtuosity which could make me betray my career. As soon as I find a subject which interests me, I leave it to the lens to record it truthfully. Look at the reporters and at the amateur photographer ! They both have only one goal; to record a memory or a document. And that is pure photography.