Photographs on the Brain #40

“I think of photographs like they’re clues to something, there’s some element of mystery or something mystical––a hint at something larger, a bigger story, a bigger narrative.” – Tim Barber

Left: ©Melchior Tersen; Right: ©Anna Ådén

©Nick Ballon

Left: ©Nadia Sablin; Right: ©Robbie McClaran

‘The question of naturalism is a fallacy, it does not exist…The photographic image replaces naturalistic experience,’ he asserted. His classes leaned on experience, asking students to think of ‘photography itself as a an act of living, a way of increasing his knowledge of the world, seeing old things in new shapes with new meanings. – Mary Panzar talking about Sidney Grossman and The Photo League, Aperture Fall 2011/Issue No. 204

©Gilles dz

Left: ©Linus Lohoff; Right: ©sanja lukac

©Ériver Hijano

Left: ©Mike Peters, Right: ©Francesca E. Harris

“People engage with photography in every aspect of their lives.” Photography has become a very natural, even compulsive thing with the coming of the mobile phone camera and relatively cheap, hi-tech digital compacts. The democratisation of photography and distribution of photos via social networks has changed everything, and we, as curators, cannot simply stand back and ignore that.” – Brett Rogers, director of the Photographers’ Gallery

Left: ©Mark Tucker; Right: ©Hein-Kuhn Oh

©Kirk Smith

©Cesar Lechowick

“I’m interested in the next big thing, and I’m interested in the classics. But I think I’m even more interested in the Thomas Struths – photographers too old to be one of the young guns and too young to be one of the old timers: The mid-career artists. You can find all kinds of interesting developments here. You can find life experience entering work, you can find artists re-shaping earlier work to produce more mature variants, you can find artists making experiments grounded in experience and in a willingness to grow. Watch, for example, the documentary What Remains about Sally Mann, and you’ll find out what I’m talking about.” – Joerg Colberg