Friday, March 18, 2011

A Muse Named Patti Smith

Some really evocative images here: Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe

 “In general, we had very different ideas of what we wanted from a photograph,” Ms. Linn recalled. “Robert was interested in perfection. I prefer imperfection.”

UH OH, this sounds like the conversation my tutor Clive and I had about street photography this week! 

From the article:  Ms. Linn teaches at Vassar. Her pictures are at the Whitney, the Getty and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, among other institutions. Her body of work is idiosyncratic and filled with visual wit. She doesn’t frame out the mundane. In her images, the odd and the obvious coexist.

There must be a point when you can include imperfect images in your portfolio without worrying that people will think you are just a bit crap at photography.  I shall try to be braver about that.  More chaos and distraction.

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