Photographs on the Brain #26

“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, it’s unlikely you will step up and take responsibility for making it so. If you assume that there’s no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, there are opportunities to change things, there’s a chance you may contribute to making a better world. The choice is yours.” – Noam Chomsky

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(AP Photo/GeoEye Satellite Image)

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via Square America

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©Julia Galdo

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©Bridget Collins

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©David Drennon

The art market—now enormous and global—is crowded with smooth-talking con men (and women) who make Wall Street fraudsters look like amateurs. Art values are determined by unpredictable trends that are rarely linked to quality. And who’s the arbiter of quality anyway? – Paul Johnson

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©Greg Williams via Boooooom!

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©PerfectTonight

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©Julien Boast

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©Mathew Newton

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©Jeanette O’Keefe

I am afraid that you have misunderstood my views. I am not especially interested in anonymous photography, or pictorialist photography, or avant-garde photography, or in straight, crooked or any other subspecific category of photography; I am interested in the entire, indivisible, hairy beast—because in the real world, where photographs are made, these subspecies, or races, interbreed shamelessly and continually.- John Szarkowski