Friday, 20 November 2009

the photographer

"The photographer was thought to be an acute but non interfering observer--a scribe, not a poet. But as people quickly discovered that nobody takes the same picture of the same thing, the supposition that cameras furnish an impersonal, objective image yielded to the fact that photographs are evidence not only of what's there but of what an individual sees, not just a record but an evaluation of the world.

As Alan Trachtenberg explains :
Photographs transcribe, not "reality", but the world as it was seen and the picture we see the world from the angle of the camera's partial vision, from the position it had at the moment of the release of the shutter."


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