"I still believe that photography is by far the most important medium of the latter part of the twentieth century—more important than prose and more important than cinema. No exaggeration. Photography is transnational, it’s transcultural. It is available to five-year-olds, it is available to professors of photography. It’s amazing how it is not a limited medium. No other medium equals it in its efficient transmission of powerful messages—certainly not prose. People are less literate than they were but they are more literate in photographs than they used to be, and that is pretty powerful. One could argue that photography is dropping off a bit from those great heights, and its other cousins are jostling up against it, but they’ve all developed from photography."
—From an interview with Francis Hodgson, described as a "critic, professor, photography consultant, co-founder of the Prix Pictet, former head of the photographs department at Sotheby’s, and an advisor specialising in fine photographs for private and public collections." The interview with Gemma Padley is at 1000 Words magazine.
(Thanks to Dave Sculthorpe)
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John Camp: "What utter nonsense. It's like suggesting that architecture is more important than music, or that golf is more important than fishing."
David: "In my humble opinion, Francis is the best writer about photography at the moment by a mile—check out his old reviews in the Financial Times."