“Research has suggested that the sheer volume and lack of organization of digital photos for personal memories discourages many people from accessing and reminiscing about them,” says Ms. Henkel. “In order to remember, we have to access and interact with the photos, rather than just amass them.”—Incessant Instagramming Keeps You From Actually Remembering Things
Where is your studio exactly and how long have you been working there? My studio is in the attic of a little row house where I live in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. I have been working here since April 2011.
“I always find technologies interesting when they arrive at the point of general use, because this is also when they have the potential to reach people with a generally accepted vocabulary.”—Wolgang Tillmans in Neue Welt (via odus-moperandi)
“What’s the secret to creating great photos? The biggest secret is that you’re already making perfect photos. You’ve been told that you’re not, because of the second biggest secret: the teaching of photography has always and will always make more money than the photographs themselves.”—From How to Make Perfect Photos by CJ Chilvers (via shanolyno)
“Iffy artist-teachers wield enormous artistic and intellectual influence over students, favors are doled out in power cliques. Zealous theoreticians continue to scare the creativity and opinions out their third generation of young artists and critics. Too many students make highly derivative work (often like that of their teachers) and no one tells them so. A lot of artists in these programs learn how to talk a good game instead of being honestly self-critical about their own work.”—Saltz on the Trouble With the M.F.A. — Vulture
“Contemporary is so popular with this set of very rich, newly rich collectors,” Mr. Kusin said. “They can hang anything they want in their Manhattan co-ops or in Aspen and nobody can say that’s ugly because contemporary art has not been subjected to sustained critical appraisal. There are no markers of good or bad taste that have yet been laid down. It’s a safe place to park your money. And if you leave the price tag dangling from the frame, so much the better.”—Record Prices Mask a Tepid Market for Fine Art - NYTimes.com
“The wonderful thing about photography is the element of discovery. I feel I’m on a voyage. I don’t have a preconception, but that is not to deny the all of accumulated experience that feeds intuition. I need to be surprised, to find a jewel.” —Ray Metzker
“During his time at Yale, Papageorge has transmitted to generations of his photographers the notion that, while “photography is fiction” and “there are no truths in a photograph,” the best images are always created from reality. For Papageorge, one cannot dream of more perfect, more telling, or more ridiculous images than one can find in real life, Kareszi said, adding that this philosophy is particularly evident in Papageorge’s photographs.”—Tod Papageorge leaves Yale School of Art | Yale Daily News
“Online, people are far more loyal to their interests and obsessions than an externally imposed schedule. While they may end up seeing the same stuff as other viewers, it happens incrementally, through recommendation algorithms and personal endorsements relayed over Twitter feeds, Facebook posts, and e-mails. New content is like snowfall, some of it melting away, some of it sticking and gradually accumulating.”—Netflix’s War on Mass Culture | New Republic
“I think there is an equally diffuse malaise today - waiting for a new kind of journalism to bring it into focus. Like with McClure’s it won’t be just a catalogue of shocking facts - it will be an imaginative leap that pulls all the scandals together and shows how they are part of some new system of power that we don’t fully comprehend. That maybe - like the farmers on the prairies - we have all become the components of a new kind of machinery of social organisation. Computers, “financial engineering” and credit, social media, algorithms that predict what you want, NSA surveillance, giant new holding corporations called Master Limited Partnerships - all of these surround us and wrap us into a complicated modern web. Some of it is wonderful, other parts of it are threatening - while even more parts are just incomprehensible.”—Adam Curtis - WHAT THE FLUCK!
Yeah I agree bad writing, took them almost two paragraphs to explain what the fuck was printed on those 400 pages. And so is this now the divide: photographers who shoot with a camera and edit their own pictures vs. photographers who appropriate the trillion photographs already floating around in the world and edit a selection of these found photographs. Do you even have to take photographs anymore to call yourself a photographer? Or has the medium itself been abandoned by the gutless and ball-less millennial generation who is too afraid to do any real work or come up with any real idea of their own, and so since they already sit in front of screen 14 hrs a day, why not just take cool pics I find on the Internet and make my tumblr feed my senior thesis, shit maybe some brainless and blind publisher will print it because in their world of blackness they saw a momentary flash and glimmer of the next big thing: instead of bookmarking the tumblr feed in your browser why not print it and bookshelf it in your home….I mean we still gotta produce things to go on the walls and bookshelves otherwise that will put a whole breed of interior designers and architects out of work.
Ehh, fuck it, we are all gonna be out of work. My next project is taking 4x5 photos attached to a drone of amazon.com warehouses.