ITAP. Genius of Photography. Part III

1.What is described as “One of the most familiar concepts in photography”?
“A decisive moment”

2.Should you trust a photograph?
We should not trust it blindly. Photograph is showing only one side, objective point of view of the photographer, it can be surrounded by myths and create clichés.

3.What was revolutionary about the Leica in 1925?
It was the first small, light, easy to carry, quiet camera.

4.What did George Bernard Shaw say about all the paintings of Christ?
“I would exchange every painting of Christ for one snapshot”

5.Why were Tony Vaccaros’ negatives destroyed by the army censors?
They contained images of dead GI’s so army censors decided that the world is not ready to see that.

6.Who was Henryk Ross and what was his job?
Jewish photographer (propaganda on one hand), who was incarcerated in Lodz ghetto. His job was to record life in ghetto and document the production of goods, produced by the inhabitants.

7.Which show was a “sticking plaster for the wounds of the war”, how many people saw it and what “cliché” did it end on?
“The Family of man”, opened in New York, 1955. 9million visitors saw it by 1964. It ends with an optimistic cliché, that photographers themselves are the falily of man, that they felt the same. It ends with W. Eugene Smith’s picture of his children, going into the light from the shadows of their own garden, beginning of their sentimental journey through life.

 8.Why did Joel Meyerowitz photograph ground zero in colour?
There is a tragic element in black and white photography and the photographer did not want to keep it as a tragedy while it was just a collapse

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