“I’ve preached to many a photographer that documenting your own life is just as important as documenting the lives of strangers. Your history is certainly as valuable to you as a quick news story and portrait, yet a lot of photographers don’t take the time… including me, as of late. - Kendrick Brinson” —Thanksgiving | Luceo Images
“Of course, photographs can’t explain the complexities of these histories or their causes. Photographs are powerful glimpses, powerful hints. I make a plea, in my book, for viewers to become more proactive—instead of endlessly whining about all the things that photographs can’t do and don’t tell us, and all the ways that they are too superficial, etc. Some of that may be true. But it’s up to us to begin to investigate these histories, and to learn what it is these photographs are saying.” —The Book Bench: The Exchange: Susie Linfield on Photography and Violence : The New Yorker
“Most arts—think of music, dance, theatre, painting, literature—take much more forethought, training, and technical discipline than photography does. (Although I think the great photographers do have technical expertise, and often years and years of experience, which allows them to take that seemingly instantaneous photograph that will mean something.) Photography is a completely different kind of art—if it even is an art, which has always been disputed. And a completely different kind of journalism, if it is journalism. In fact, we’re still not at all sure what photography is: is it news, art, entertainment, documentation, science, or surveillance? It tends to blur all those boundaries, which is exciting, but also bewildering and confusing. - Susie Linfield” —Susie Linfield: “we’re still not at all sure what photography is: is it news, art, entertainment, documentation, science, or surveillance?” | la pura vida
“The personal goal is to live a fully conscious life. At 75, I’ve already had a long run, but there are books I still want to write, to say something about humans, one at a time. The great abstractions (or ambitions), including immortality, are beyond me. If a writer sits down to a blank screen or page, and says: onward to immortality, he or she will never write a sentence. Or if they do manage a few pages, they will be rubbish.” —Pete Hamill: One Day, Web Journalists Will Get Real Money
“Speaking to the matter of filters, Sorgatz brought the panel back to its beginning, by tracking the changes in blogging software as means of explaining where he thinks online curation is heading. “They’re not just interfaces for writing [any more], they’re interfaces for [simultaneous] reading and writing” he told audiences. “So what does it mean to have these interfaces where you’re reading and writing at the same time? I think that that’s where curation [online] is going to go. I don’t know what that interface looks like, but I think that there’s some future idea there that mixes filtering — something that gives me stuff, stuff that only matters to me — but then allows me an easy way to put my things back into it.” —New Style Curators: Do They Exist?
“However, this is not to say I am beyond reproach. I’ll admit that I used to be that guy. I was the one who hated on any picture someone uploaded to a Facebook album entitled “Photography” and hated on anybody I saw with their two thousand dollar camera set to “auto”. Slowly I realized I was merely putting down others to make myself feel better. Who am I to say that I am more important or artistic than someone else?” —http://chrishahn.tumblr.com/post/1701031364/a-critique-on-critiques