Bending the Frame – Fred Ritchen

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Notes from Ritchin’s 2013 book: Chapter 1: The Useful Photograph Sets stage for profusion of images, loss of professional monopoly, power of tech and the web. Citizen journalists may be more real as they are ‘in it personally’. Quotes W. Eugene Smith (Intro to Minamata,1975): ‘This is not an objective book. The first word I would remove from the folklore …

Allan Sekula – Fish Story, and Critical Realism

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Allan Sekula was one of the most influential documentarians working in the late 20th Century. An incisive critic, he also was part of the re-imagining of documentary, moving photography (and art, generally) away from that rather ferocious and inward-looking absorption with identity that was postmodernism. His masterwork, Fish Story, reminds me of Susan Meiselas’ Kurdistan. Both used historical and contemporary …