- Robert Frank (via minusmanhattan)
I read this quote a while back and coming from an icon of photography who dedicated a lifetime to using the camera for artistic expression, it paints a harrowing outlook. BUT, there’s ample reason to believe that photography still has something to contribute to art, perhaps even more so than ever. The existential crisis some photographers are undergoing in this bewildering digital age seems, to me, unnecessary. Years ago there were hundreds of millions of pictures circulating the globe and now there are trillions and trillions, but both these sums are beyond what human minds can fathom, so what’s the difference? And most photos these days will never even be printed, lost somewhere in the digital sea. So let the photos flow plentifully, frequently, even infinitely, as they will, because photos don’t really matter; it’s what we say and do with them that does, and we have to trust that somewhere in society discerning eyes and minds will be receptive to our statements. Photographers could learn something from literature and how it has endured, since words are even more ubiquitous than photos. When the printing press made its debut or years and years later when word processing software and the internet etc came about, writers did’t exclaim, “There are too many words in the world! Too many people talking and writing about life! Why go on?” No, those with capability and something to say stand out in literature, so it shouldn’t be different with photography and art.
On this day in 1979 John Wayne dies after a long battle with cancer.
In 1965, LIFE featured John Wayne in the magazine not long after a surgery that removed a tumor from Wayne’s chest — You can read the article here.
Nothing to do with the original caption, but suddenly I remember how my grandfather loved western movies. He was much like the John Waine cliché, a hard face man of little words who do what is needed to do. He was far from perfect, but tought me a lot of things about life and the way a man must do his way with his acts instead his words. Sometimes for good, sometimes for worse.