Photographs on the Brain #42

Few people in contemporary art demonstrate much curiosity. The majority spend their days blathering on, rather than trying to work out why one artist is more interesting than another, or why one picture works and another doesn’t. – Charles Saatchi

©Christophe Negrel

Left: ©Jo Ann Callis; Right: ©Delaney Allen

©Joel Sternfeld

©Lars Tunbjork

©Alex Naidus

I will often leave many versions of an image up on my studio wall for days or weeks and the ones that get “tired” get taken down. Those that keep speaking, keep surprising, are the ones I select. Really strong photographs can never be owned or fully understood formally, narratively, or intellectually. They resonate outside the edges of the frame, and continue to speak over time. – Jocelyn Lee

©Felix Odell

©Ye Rin Mok

Left: ©Julia Hetta; Right: ©Thomas Nolf

©Steven Siegel

Left: Jack Webb; Right: ©Missy Prince

©Del Olds

The best advice I could possibly give you, and forgive me if this seems glib, is to work. Work. Work. Work. Every day. At the same time every day. For as long as you can take it every day, work, work, work. Understand? Talent is for shit. I’ve taught school for nearly thirty years and never met a student who did not have some talent. It is as common as house dust or kudzu vine in Alabama and is just about as valuable. Nothing is as valuable as the habit of work, and work has to become a habit. – Barry Moser