“Photography, and our understanding of it, has spread from a centre. Its movement has not been linear and consecutive but centrifugal.” John Szarkowski

July 21, 2010

In his still-challenging book, The Photographer’s Eye (1964), Szarkowski included snapshots alongside images by great photographers, and argued – brilliantly – that photography differed from any other art form because its history had been “less a journey than a growth”. “Its movement has not been linear and consecutive but centrifugal,” he suggested. “Photography, and our understanding of it, has spread from a centre; it has, by infusion, penetrated our consciousness. Like an organism, photography was born whole. It is in our progressive discovery of it that its history lies.”

Sean O’Hagan. Was John Szarkowski the most influential person in 20th-century photography? Tuesday 20 July 2010 guardian.co.uk,

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“I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s.” William Blake

May 31, 2010

I must create a system or be enslaved by another man’s; I will not reason and compare: my business is to create.

“The only theory worth having is that which you have to fight off, not that which you speak with profound fluency.” Stuart Hall

May 31, 2010

“The only theory worth having is that which you have to fight off, not that which you speak with profound fluency.”

Stuart Hall (1992) Cultural Studies and its Theoretical Legacies (originally published in Cultural Studies, ed. Lawrence Grossberg, Cary Nelson, Paula Treichler. New York and London: Routledge, 1992)

“There is only one thing in the long run more expensive than education: no education.“ John F. Kennedy

November 8, 2009

“Make it dangerous or it’s not worth doing.” Maurice Sendak

October 4, 2009

“The Anschauung is thinking by way of relationship.” Malte C. Ebach

May 17, 2009

The Role of Goethe’s Delicate Empiricism in Comparative Biology
Malte C. Ebach

http://www.janushead.org/8-1/Ebach.pdf.

“We live in a web of ideas, a fabric of our own making.” J.C. Peirce

May 17, 2009

“Photography is, first of all, a way of seeing.” Susan Sontag

September 5, 2008

1. Photography is, first of all, a way of seeing.

2. It is the ineluctably “modern” way of seeing – prejudiced in favor of projects of discovery and innovation.

3. This way of seeing, which now has a long history, shapes what we look for and are used to noticing in photographs.

13. … the seeing, and the accumulation of fragments of seeing, can never be completed.

Susan Sontag (2007) Photography: A Little Summa. In: At the Same Time. London:  Penguin

“The photograph has to tell a story if it is to work as art.” Clement Greenberg

July 24, 2008

“The Photograph has to tell a story if it is to work as art” Clement Greenberg (1964) FOUR PHOTOGRAPHERS, New York Review of Books January 23, 1964

quoted by William J Mitchell (1992) The Reconfigured Eye

“A picture is a fact” Ludwig Wittgenstein

July 24, 2008

“A picture is a fact” Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico Philosophicus quoted by William J Mitchell (1992) The Reconfigured Eye