Art, Photography & Humanity?

Deleuze in reply to Paul Klee:-

“There is no work of art that does not make an appeal to a people that does not yet exist.”

Yes folks a new book arrived today!

Page 15
The Camera Essence and Apparatus, by Victor Burgin.
Pub. Mack 2018
ISBN 978-1-912339-06-8

Atkins Floor Talk

I visited Adelaide for the opening of the exhibition that Gary had organised and was asked to give a floor talk at Atkins Photo Lab. The talk is below, slightly edited. I made a few pictures on the way over too. Thank you everyone for coming tonight. Thanks also to Paul and the Atkins lab… Continue reading Atkins Floor Talk

Sally Mann Quote

“the blood puddle… shrank perceptibly, forming a brief meniscus before leveling off again, as if the earth had taken a delicate sip.” Here she is referring to the drying blood on the frozen ground after a convicted sex offender who had escaped onto her farm was shot, killed, and hauled away. How can any photograph compete… Continue reading Sally Mann Quote

Long Reads or why Susan Sontag is so 1980

Here’s a quote from her seminal text being written about on another website in 3 parts. The surrealist’s search for ‘the other’ is ultimately no different from what motivates documentary photographers, who are little more than socio-economic tourists in other people’s lives: “The view of reality as an exotic prize to be tracked down […]… Continue reading Long Reads or why Susan Sontag is so 1980

Abstraction & Chance

My body of work about abstraction perhaps has its roots in this quote, by Frederick Sommer. Photography is well adapted to work by the laws of chance. Poetic and speculative photographs can result if one works carefully and accurately, yet letting chance relationships have full play Taken from the NGA  [USA]website 

The Gifts of Good Pictures*

*When shared by great teachers. I had the good fortune to attend a workshop run by one of my teachers from my University years this weekend. Here’s a short clip to give you a sense of how he thinks and teaches about pictures. Good fortune or common sense though its hard to tell. It was… Continue reading The Gifts of Good Pictures*

Bill Henson Quote

One of the millennial gifts of art is that it sends people off on their own journey because there’s no correct way of looking at a photograph, just like there’s no correct way to listen to Mozart. All photography is evidence of something but you also have to go beyond that prescriptive thing you have… Continue reading Bill Henson Quote