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April 13, 2014 at 10:30pm
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5 Questions for Mike Davis the newly-appointed Alexia Tsairis Chair for Documentary Photography at Syracuse University, where he’s teaching, working with the Alexia Foundation and overseeing the Alexia grant competition.

3. How do you define, spot and cultivate talent — in a photographer? In an editor?
Having taught a few classes now, it’s becoming more clear who is more likely to be a photographer or an editor. Editor’s have to think beyond themselves. Their primary motivation has to be to help others grow, to tell stories and make systems work - outside of their egos. Editors have to be able to conceive of and communicate ideas that are about things outside themselves. Photographers, on the other hand, for the most part have to be so self involved that they can envelop what they photograph from a completely personal perspective. The more dimensional a person who makes pictures is, the more dimensional her photographs will be, the more they will connect with a subject. We are the photographs we make, they are us.
It’s hard to know whether someone will become phenomenal in either field until you give them opportunity - that’s why good schools are important. Some people have never had their nascent skills enlivened, others don’t have those skills to enliven. 
Read the rest of the interview at http://blog.aphotoaday.org/post/72657021371/5-questions-for-mike-davis

April 6, 2014 at 6:57pm
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"You can take a good picture of anything." - Garry Winogrand

"You can take a good picture of anything." - Garry Winogrand

12:39pm
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Reblogged from lensblr-network

I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.

— Diane Arbus (via thephotographicimage)

(Source: lensblr-network, via thephotographicimage)

March 26, 2014 at 8:54am
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Lone Shark.
© erin riley, 2014

Lone Shark.

© erin riley, 2014

March 24, 2014 at 12:48pm
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Reblogged from disphotic
disphotic:

Revelations that Reuters routinely uses Syrian rebel activists as photojournalists raises uncomfortable questions for an industry which stakes it’s reputation on unbiased reporting.Read the full piece on Disphotic

disphotic:

Revelations that Reuters routinely uses Syrian rebel activists as photojournalists raises uncomfortable questions for an industry which stakes it’s reputation on unbiased reporting.

Read the full piece on Disphotic

January 17, 2014 at 10:02pm
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And cinnamon toast is a kind of all-purpose mollifier: something Carrelli offers her customers whenever Trouble is abrasive, or loud, or crowded, or refuses to give them what they want. “No one can be mad at toast,” she said.

January 4, 2014 at 4:18pm
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A mad, keen photographer needs to get out into the world and work and make mistakes. - Sam Abell

A mad, keen photographer needs to get out into the world and work and make mistakes. - Sam Abell

4:18pm
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Reblogged from timelightbox

There are many teachers who could ruin you. Before you know it you could be a pale copy of this teacher or that teacher. You have to evolve on your own.

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Berenice Abbott.

See Abbott’s work on LightBox here.

(via timelightbox)

4:17pm
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When I ask to photograph someone, it is because I love the way they look and I think I make that clear. I’m paying them a tremendous compliment. What I’m saying is, I want to take you home with me and look at you for the rest of my life. - Amy Arbus

When I ask to photograph someone, it is because I love the way they look and I think I make that clear. I’m paying them a tremendous compliment. What I’m saying is, I want to take you home with me and look at you for the rest of my life. - Amy Arbus

November 25, 2013 at 5:22pm
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conscientious:

Eva Vermandel, Holly, London Fields, April 2012
From Splinter - see my piece about the work/book here.

from the above mentioned article “ To appreciate can mean all kinds of things. In photography, it means to become aware of a moment that might signify something to be appreciated, to then capture it as a photograph so that it can be looked at later.”

conscientious:

Eva Vermandel, Holly, London Fields, April 2012

From Splinter - see my piece about the work/book here.

from the above mentioned article “ To appreciate can mean all kinds of things. In photography, it means to become aware of a moment that might signify something to be appreciated, to then capture it as a photograph so that it can be looked at later.”