In the domain of art, each creation is unique, and knows little progress thereafter. Arising over time are all sorts of variations of the same themes, sometimes full-bodied, often quite bland. But the force existing at the beginning of the work is rarely maintained. Similarly, when this force is reapplied, the action produced in the artwork becomes automated and mechanized, so much so that the dulled senses fail to respond to the medium. The time is then ripe for a new invention. What we call the technique is inseparable from the art. And so we are wanting, and this is not a trivial matter, to do away with some ideas. Gutenberg, the inventor of movable type, printed by this means a handful of books, which still remain supreme as realisations of the art of book typography. The centuries which have succeeded him were not marked by any other major invention in this field of interest – until photography.
Federico Fellini, who had seen Tazio's Photos in the magazines, got the inspiration for a movie called La Dolce Vita. Tazio followed Fellini to the wonderful world of cinema, and brought his knowledge and experience to the studios of Cinecittà.
One by one, societies adopted the still or moving images of photography and cinema, invented by scientists and artists, as their preferred method of representation. The presence of science aroused the seemingly age old debate: is photography art?
Distant ancestor of today's video games, « shoot-a-photo » attractions, for that is how they were called, appeared among fairground stands around 1920. In this new game the shooter fired upon himself. Among the Shooters: Brassai, Man Ray, Fellini, Sartre.
While on a trip through the upper east coast of the United States I was stopping and looking for antique paper or photos at small shops and some auctions house. Sometimes I make great finds of photos and paper.
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John G. Morris worked for Life magazine and became the magazine’s London picture editor during the Allied invasion of Normandy. Morris is responsible for saving Robert Capa’s legendary eleven images of D-Day after the melted emulsion accidentally destroyed most of the precious negatives. His impact on the lexicon of contemporary visual history spans nearly seventy-five years.
Though reluctant to admit it as a champion of Man Ray's photographs, often the verso can be more compelling than the recto. The hidden side is frequently rich with history, quietly revealing itself like pages of a journal.In contrast to the present day, the stamps scarcely affirm the Man Ray photograph as a valuable object, or work of art. There were no stamps that read "Please Return", nor "Handle With Care".
Bock-Schroeder’s wide-ranging travels took him from the palace of the exiled German Kaiser Wilhelm II in Doorn, Netherlands, to remote and impoverised villages of native peoples in the jungles of Peru and the Alaskan tundra.The scenes he framed in his camera were not the pretty pictures of “willows by the river or beeches in the fog”, but rather the landscapes of a world violently “disturbed” by man.