In 1965, when my jet-setting aunt was returning to Viet Nam from her year abroad in the U.S., she stopped over in Japan and bought my mom (her younger sister) this Seiko watch. The watch and her Sears-bought outfit secured the title of “fashion plate” for my mom among her classmates.
Part of the reason why I love this photo - besides the fact that it’s so incongruous with who my mom is, a nonviolent anti-gun lady - is that it reminds me of this photo of
Perhaps photography itself will change, adapting itself to the new technology the same way it adapted to hand-held cameras and high speed film. But it hasn’t happened yet. In fact, photo books are experiencing a boom of sorts. Once, they were treated as documentation after the fact, catalogs of shows in which the actual prints were the important thing.
But over the past few decades, the book itself has become the point, a way of collecting and showing images that the artist has no intention of exhibiting or selling as individual prints. In effect, they’ve become large-edition artworks for entry-level collectors.
”—Jim Lewis, Slate, Oct 7, 2010, “iPad, Meet your Nemesis. Why art books won’t become e-books any time soon.” (via dariushimes)
'Photography is a kingdom of glamour and banality. The photograph, whatever its cultural pedigree, does not so much exalt the everyday as establish the aesthetic parameters, the peaks and troughs, of everydayness.'
'But to consider photography as a fine art — and to defend its claim to that status, which is a large part of Sontag’s agenda — all but requires attention to its everyday, vulgar, popular uses.Aesthetic refinement went hand in hand with mass accessibility.'
'Images make up our ecosystem, our native habitat, the only reality we recognize'
'Whether we like it or not we are moving in an age where we will always be connected to the internet, and where the smart phone will become someone's digital identity. We are living in a time of accelerated consumption and shortened attention spans. In this information era we are allowed to – and even encouraged to – know very little but there has to be more to it than just an internet sugar rush. 1000 Words abides by the philosophy of the “slow web movement” and therefore requires you to take your time and savour what you consume.’