Saturday, November 24, 2007

Book of the Week...

The Education of a Photographer
Edited by Charles H Traub, Steven Heller, Adam B Bell
(2006 Allworth Press, New York)

The best photography book I read this year....a collection of writings from a diverse group of photographers and writers discussing what it means to be a photographer.

One of my favorite essays is The Camera Mind and Minor White

A mind specially blank-how can we describe it to one who has not experienced it? "Sensitive" is one word. "Sensitized" is better, because there is not only a sensitive mind at work but there is effort on the part of the photographer to reach such a condition. "Sympathetic" is fair, if we mean by it an openness of mind which in turn leads to comprehending, understanding everything seen.

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