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Friday, June 30, 2006

Why People Photograph (2)

Barbaralee Diamonstein: "Several years ago a student did ask you which qualities in a picture make it interesting instead of dead. And you replied with a telling statement describing what photography is all about. You said you didn't know what something would look like in a photograph until it had been photographed. A rather simple sentence that you used has been widely identified with you, and that sentence is: "I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed." That was about five or six years ago. And I know there are few things that displease you more than being bored. So I would hope that you have since amended or extended that idea. How would you express it now?"

Garry Winogrand: "Well, I don't think it was that simple then, either. There are things I photograph because I'm interested in those things. But in the end, you know what I'm saying there. Earlier tonight, I said the photograph isn't what was photographed, it's something else. It's about transformation. And that's what it is. That hasn't changed, largely. But it's not that simple. Let's put it this way — I photograph what interests me all the time. I live with the pictures to see what that thing looks like photographed. I'm saying the same thing; I'm not changing it. I photograph what interests me. I'm not saying anything different, you see."

An Interview with Garry Winogrand
from Visions and Images:
American Photographers on Photography

Interviews with photographers
by Barbaralee Diamonstein, 1981–1982
Rizzoli: New York

Posted by: OREN GRAD

Why People Photograph (David Vestal)


Blogger Mitch said...

Perhaps it's a holdover from painting and art schools: "You have to know how to draw before you can paint" or "You have to know how to do representational painting before you do abstract painting". Of course you don't, really. But there has been a generation going through art schools when it was unfashionable to learn drawing -- and that wasn't so good.


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Blogger Max said...

I think I shoot pictures, but I'm really trying to photograph emotions that I feel, trying to be able to produce the same feeling on another person or myself later on by keeping the primer frozen there, the image. It's about sharing.

8:11 AM  

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