Guilty

April 01, 2017  •  14 Comments


“To paint or to photograph —
That is the question:
Whether ’tis more to my advantage
to color
Photographic accidents and call
them paintings,
Or squeeze the bulb against
a sea of critics
And by exposure kill them?”*


“It is only a general tendency towards the mysterious and bizarre which these workers have in common; they like to suppress all outlines and details and lose them in delicate shadows, so their meaning and intention become hard to discover. They not only make use of every appliance and process known to the photographer’s art, but without the slightest hesitation, …overstep all legitimate boundaries and deliberately mix up photography with the technical devices of painting and the graphic arts.”†

A plea for Straight Photography by Sadakichi Hartmann, 1904. 
Quoted from Photography: Essays & Images Edited by Beaumont Newhall, 1980, p.185. 
*Sadakichi Hartmann, Camera Work 6 (April 1904), p.25.
†Originally printed in American Amateur Photographer 16 (March 1904) pp. 101-109. 

 

I’m guilty. I carry on working with the mysterious and bizarre that Hartmann complained about for eight pages 112 years ago.

 

 

 

 


Comments

14.Off Center & Not Even @ T & L Photos
Thanks, Julie!
13.Julie(non-registered)
I like mysterious and bizarre .. it's good to have a mix! Love your work ...
12.Off Center & Not Even @ T & L Photos
Thanks, Lavinia!
11.Lavinia Ross(non-registered)
Springtime in New Mexico - all looks very beautiful! I also like the misty morning. We get a lot of them here, but no two are alike. Interesting to learn of the missive from 112 years ago!
10.Off Center & Not Even @ T & L Photos
Thanks, Teagan! Rain all day is a bit unusual, but misty mornings along the Rio are not so unusual. The pterodactyl is a Great Blue Heron.
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