Undeveloped film

There was a short write up today in the NYT of the Winogrand exhibit going on at SFMOMA.

The focus on his lack of interest in editing his works, and even going so far as to not bother to develop several thousand rolls of film, leads me to a possible lesson to be learned – you need to focus on the creative process to be an artist, and for a photographer the key moment is when you decide to open and close the shutter. What happens after that is much less critical.

Back in March when I went to the opening and heard Todd Papageorge’s expansive introduction, it got me thinking more than anything else about what makes an image interesting. I’ll reiterate one quote from Winogrand that really stuck.

“Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed.”




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