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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Just Goes To Show

Lothar Wolleh, Man Ray, Paris, 1967 (click for larger version)

Student's interpretation:
"I really like this picture. I like the dark, cluttered room with the old man. I picture this taking place somewhere in the old Soviet Union. This man has probably spent years toiling away in this dark room, surrounded by the outdated instruments of his trade. It just goes to show that communism doesn't work."



Anonymous James G said...

I picture a student, sitting amidst unread books and other outdated instruments of his/her trade. It just goes to show that education doesn't work. ;-)

7:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, photography is certainly better off with xxMP cameras, desktops and printers. Definitely, silver halides, fixers, developers, and old Leicas or Rolleis did little for photography; just have a look at Man Ray's or Cartier-Bresson's stuff. Thankfully, AF and, recently, digital came to our rescue.
Nice (analog) photo, anyway.

7:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He he he. It just goes to show Man Ray should have stayed in the states with Ansel Adams instead of going to Paris to pursue surrealism. (<-- irony alert)

9:16 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

Where the Hell did that person get that idea anyway? I'm a free-market capitalist and didn't get that out of the picture. Maybe I need to adjust the contrast of my monitor. I guess you can make a photo mean anything to the right person.

3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Probably the result of research via Wikipedia...

11:16 PM  
Blogger Ian said...

Just goes to show you how we interpret images in our own way. Don't be too tough on the viewer. We know the history. It makes you think about the history behind old people when we see them slowly making their way down the street. What was their life?

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

was this a photography or art student?

did the student get to see the title of the picture?

If yes to both, then shame on that student. If not, then who cares? I wouldnt have recognized the man in that picture myself, he.s very old in it and none of his more easily recognizable photos are visible in the picture.

12:46 PM  
Anonymous OW said...

I really had fun reading this ... although it raises in deed serious questions.

For students who are interested in doing research on Lothar Wolleh or need material and information from his estate .... for any form of academic work can contact me via:

Oliver Wolleh

7:26 AM  

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