25-10-10

Jacobson once wrote somewhere about the inadequacy of photographs compared to painting. I'll try and extract the quotation from the midden heap which serves as my filing system.  Personally, with a few exceptions like Fay Godwin and Cartier Bresson (also check out Sarah Boait locally) - I seldom see a photograph that, as a work of art, is as moving as a bad painting.  And now, with the possibility of Photoshop type digitised corruption and manipulation, that respect has sunk even lower.   What purports to be real is in fact a construct, whereas in painting everyone knows it's a construct.  So what we see is the mind of the artist.

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