TOP is off on Saturday. (I actually do take the day off now, although I'll try to keep up with the comments.) But I've enjoyed the past three days and want to thank everyone who contributed to the (ongoing) discussion. I've always been fascinated by ideas about what photographs are and when exactly it is that what started out as a photograph becomes something else.
I thought this might be a good time to revisit a 2007 post from TOP and the wise words of Elliott Erwitt, who I would say is one of the 25 or so greatest photographers since 1839 (there being very little competition for the title before that). I apologize if you've seen this before; however many current TOP readers weren't with us in 2007. The snapshot is by Alec Soth. Wise words to the wise worn by a revered éminence grise:
And then of course, TOP reader Stephen Gillette's commentary, more apropos today than ever: