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| p.1 #7 · some instant film from a recent family session |
Evan, I agree for the most part, but I think in the beginning the issue with pictorialists were that they were trying to copy other forms of art. i.e. not taking advantage or seeing photography as its own medium with its own unique look.
Also, most (most, not all ) digital shooters aren't really modernists, that just use the tools that they think they have to (i.e. they think film isn't viable or that it just plain sucks).
I have seen her work here and there, but I am contemplating buying one of her books.
And to be completely honest I like...Show more →
I think that some of the criticisms of the pictorialists ("were trying to copy other forms of art") are over-stated. I think that makes a neat narrative for art critics and historians, but the reality is that the pictoralists were diverse artists with varying aims and intentions. One could argue that the wholesale abandonment of pictorialism with the advent of modernism displayed less creative independence than many incarnations of the former. I do think that the repudiation of pictorialism was probably necessary for photography to grow as a medium, but at this point I think a more nuanced understanding of the interplay between "straight" photography and more manipulated images (manipulated by process or intention) is possible. I think that a photographic artist should use whatever tools are most appropriate to communicate with his or her audience. Along those lines, the instant photography really seems to suit you.
Honestly, my favorite part of instant film has always been the uniqueness of the print. I really like the fact that it can't be reproduced perfectly. It is a singular piece of art.
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