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Monday, 01 November 2021

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You might want to also take a look at Bowen's "Miracle at Philadelphia". It is an outstanding book on the Constitutional Convention.

The Winogrand video was worth watching. Thanks for the link Mike.

At one point he says this:

"There isn’t a photograph in the world that has any narrative ability. Any of them. They do not tell stories. They show you what something looks like, to a camera. The minute you relate this thing to what was photographed, it’s a lie. It’s two dimensional. It’s the illusion of literal description."

My first reaction to this was strongly negative. If photographs don't have narrative ability, then what's the point? But on thinking about it more, I think he meant something different. Photographs absolutely tell stories. It's just that the photographer can't control what that story is going to be. It's the viewer who writes the story when looking at the photograph.

The other highlight of the video was that in two years in Los Angeles he'd already shot 4,000 rolls of film -- so let's say 144,000 frames. He died with how many thousands of unprocessed rolls left behind? With access to digital, Winogrand would have left millions of images behind.

and which book would you pair it with?

Shelved next to 'The nature and art of workmanship' (which I agree is a gem) I have 'The nature of design', also by David Pye. Both of them are the nice little 1960s Studio Vista / Reinhold paperbacks. I recommend both.

Speaking of Garry Winogrand, this is one of my favorite “interview” videos with him.
https://youtu.be/PmwkWV4rwto

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