The gestures of photography

http://cphmag.com/gestures/

“The age of innocence is long over in photography. There have been way too many photographs made for anyone to be able to innocently take a picture anywhere. Yet all too often we go about photography — the making of as much as the looking at — as if all of that stuff in the medium’s history never happened. That can’t be. It can’t be for cultural and/or societal reasons, and it can’t be for photographic reasons.”

Photography, there has to be a dialogue.

http://cphmag.com/conversation/

“Think about family photography. It’s great if you want to photograph your family’s drama, whatever it might be. Things is, though, we all got some family drama, and we’ve also seen quite a bit of it photographed already. So what is it then that you’re bringing to the conversation that adds something substantially new? This is not to deny your personal drama. It’s just wondering why everybody else needs to see it.”

The story behind a photograph by Carlos Saladen-Vargas

http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/the-story-behind-a-photograph-15

Carlos Saladen-Vargas, Fantasma, 2010

Carlos Saladen-Vargas, Fantasma, 2010

“Back in 2010 we were staying in Choroni, a beautiful town in the coast of Venezuela, it was around 8pm and we were getting ready to go out for dinner, I was laying on the bed, chilling, had my Hasselblad on my hands and there was some random commercial playing on the tv. I noticed the lighting and contrast between the lamp and the tv and decided to take one photo, just for the sake of it, you know, another wasted frame, who cares… As soon as I pressed the shutter I had a very weird feeling, a bit scary, I though I have seen something like a face or a ghost on the television, it was so fast that I was not sure I have seen it or it was just my mind playing games… Anyway I waited (even forgot about it) for the processing of the film, a few months later, I was surprised when I saw the negative. So what if someone asks me if I believe in ghosts? Or what about photography’s ability to capture the supernatural? Well, not easy to answer anymore…”

cphmag: A Game of Expectations

http://cphmag.com/expectations/

1989 Tiananmen Square protest by Jeff Widener

1989 Tiananmen Square protest by Jeff Widener

“Photographs really are just pictures. Not more and not less. It is not their task to change anything. It might be ours, and whatever might us make or contribute to change can in part be contained in a photograph. But that’s about as far as it goes. Yet, we constantly demand that photographs do more. Whatever important event happens, we are not content unless there exists an iconic photograph that can serve as, let’s say, the event’s ambassador. That iconic photograph then stands for the event, essentially simplifying the complexity of something down to a simple picture. What do we gain from such a behaviour other than simplifying what probably is quite complex down to something so utterly simple and simplistic, a picture?”