John Loengard | Portraits

Posted: April 14th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Film, Photography, Poetry, Quotes

In a painting no one complains that the subject is posed, but everybody complains about what looks posed in a photograph. Except, I’ve found that if I go very close in to the face, then the posed expression no longer exists. The face becomes a landscape of the lakes of the eyes and the hills of the nose and the valley of the cleft of the chin.

- John Loengard

Brassai, 1981 © John Loengard

Brassai, 1981 © John Loengard

I was photographing the photographer Brassaï. He had very prominent eyes, like a frog’s. As I focused my lens, he brought his hand up and pretended to focus his eye. It was a joke, but it added mystery to the picture. There’s a sense of action in a very small world. Or with Allen Ginsberg there were people smoking cigarettes and in the smoke there’s a sense of motion. It makes much out of very little.

- John Loengard

Allen Ginsberg, 1966 © John Loengard

Allen Ginsberg, 1966 © John Loengard

When I go to photograph somebody, they say, “What do you want me to do?” Those are the most frightening words in the English language. I want to say, “Please, go over into good light and do something unusual.”

- John Loengard


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Joel Meyerowitz | Black & White Work

Posted: April 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Film, New York City, Photography, Quotes

Wyoming, 1964 © Joel Meyerowitz

Wyoming, 1964 © Joel Meyerowitz

The best way is to look at the ‘old guys’ like Brassaï and Atget. The street teaches you to act quickly when you see something. If you don’t, you miss it!

- Joel Meyerowitz

Malaga, Spain, 1967 © Joel Meyerowitz

Malaga, Spain, 1967 © Joel Meyerowitz

Time Square, 1965 © Joel Meyerowitz

Time Square, 1965 © Joel Meyerowitz

Pool in Southwest, 1971 © Joel Meyerowitz

Pool in Southwest, 1971 © Joel Meyerowitz

Central Park, 1965 © Joel Meyerowitz

Central Park, 1965 © Joel Meyerowitz

Speaking of his mentor, Robert Frank:

He was a real loner. Sometimes when I ran into him he would send me away.

- Joel Meyerowitz

New York City, Times Square, 1963 © Joel Meyerowitz

New York City, Times Square, 1963 © Joel Meyerowitz

New York City, 1962 © Joel Meyerowitz

New York City, 1962 © Joel Meyerowitz

Christmas at Kennedy Airport, 1968 © Joel Meyerowitz

Christmas at Kennedy Airport, 1968 © Joel Meyerowitz


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André Kertesz | Form & Composition

Posted: June 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Film, New York City, Poetry

Mondrian’s Glasses and Pipe, Paris, 1926 © Estate of André Kertész

Mondrian’s Glasses and Pipe, Paris, 1926 © Estate of André Kertész

André Kertész has two qualities that are essential for a great photographer : an insatiable curiosity about the world, about people, and about life, and a precise sense of form.

-Brassai

Arm with Fan, New York, 1937 © André Kertész

Arm with Fan, New York, 1937 © André Kertész

Martinique, 1972 © André Kertész

Martinique, 1972 © André Kertész

The Heron, 1969 © André Kertész

The Heron, 1969 © André Kertész

The moment always dictates in my work….Everybody can look, but they don’t necessarily see….I see a situation and I know that it’s right.

-André Kertész

Disappearing Act, 1955 © André Kertész

Disappearing Act, 1955 © André Kertész


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