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Stahel on Photographic Literacy

An engaging and timely lecture by Urs Stahel, former Chief Curator of the Fotomuseum Winterthur in Switzerland, from the Delhi Photo Festival in September 2013. Fotomuseum Winterthur launched their remarkable curatorial programme in 1993 with an exhibition of the landmark body of work New Europe by Paul Graham.… Continue reading

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Fischer on Art

“If we are to regard the recognition of an objectively given reality as the nature of realism in art, we must not reduce that reality to a purely exterior world existing independently from our consciousness. What exists independently from our… Continue reading

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Adams on Form in photography

“The form the photographer records, though discovered in a split second of literal fact, is different because it implies an order beyond itself, a landscape into which all fragments, no matter how imperfect, fit perfectly.” — Robert Adams, Introduction to Denver: A… Continue reading

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Frank on America

“Even our climate is an excitant. Much of America is subject to great extremes of weather. Save in the low portions of the South and the South Pacific coast, bitter winters follow torrid summers. The range of temperature is enormous;… Continue reading

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Mauron on Mallarmé

“All who remember the day when first they looked into the Poems or the Divagations will testify to that curious feeling of exclusion which put them, in the face of a text written with their words (and moreover, as they could somehow… Continue reading

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Barthelme on not knowing

“What is magical about the object is that it at once invites and resists interpretation” — from “On Writing” in Not-Knowing by Donald Barthelme. Photograph by Eva Vermandel, from Splinter.

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Sante on photography

“Sometimes, looking at these cards, you come upon a picture that makes you feel as if its maker had just discovered photography, had made it up by himself from scratch. The American real photo postcard is a laboratory for the… Continue reading

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Adams on Form

“Why is Form beautiful? Because, I think, it helps us to meet our worst fear, the suspicion that life may be chaos and that therefore our suffering is without meaning. James Dickey was right when he asked, rhetorically, “What is… Continue reading

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O’Sullivan & Adams

“We know, as we recognize the commonness of places, that this is our world and the the photographer has not cheated on his way to his affirmation of meaning.” — Robert Adams, “In The Nineteenth-Century West”, Why People Photograph Photograph: Timothy O’Sullivan, Sand Dunes,… Continue reading

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Hampl on Looking

“[My father] liked to look across the river, watch for Canada geese rising in formation over the great flyway. He appreciated a muddle of pastel light and mist across the wide water. He knew how to bow his head to… Continue reading

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