So, for those of you who have seen "Tim's Vermeer," do you think Jan Vermeer of Delft should get the honorary title of "the first photographer"?
I do. In fact, I used to say so (jokingly) in high school, before Tim Jenison came along and even before Philip Steadman.
But I'm with Tim: I'm 90% convinced that Tim has figured out how Vermeer worked, or something close to it. Although I also think Vermeer had superb taste and exquisite skill with the brush. I have to say I really like the idea of Vermeer "setting up a shot" in his studio, working essentially just like a studio photographer does—except that it would take him months instead of an instant to make the "exposure."
(The only reason I'm sticking at 90% instead of 100% is that I'm reading The Forger's Spell, which includes plenty of cautionary tales about art experts becoming "true believers" of their own judgments! Even when you're convinced of something, it never hurts to leave some room for the possibility that you're wrong....)
(Thanks to everyone who recommended "Tim's Vermeer," which I agree is mandatory viewing for photography enthusiasts)
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