Snapping at eternity and capturing life in small pixels is the fastest most efficient way to lie the truth.

 

A real artist, no matter commercial or not, polished or free, he got it. Soft or sharp, light or dark, he always brought into the photo an immense amount of gravitas

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

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..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

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Edward Steichen - The original master

Ah…steichen , Steichen.
I don’t have a lot of photography books. i am not that kind of photographer. But the Steichen book is one of my all time favorites. A thick black book full of black and white celluloid poetry and artistic attempts to capture the essence of it all.
Now that's a master.

A real artist, no matter commercial or not, polished or free, he got it. Soft or sharp, light or dark, he always brought into the photo an immense amount of gravitas, giving it the same attention as an old school oil painter.

 

The use of the term "art medium" is, to say the least, misleading, for it is the artist that creates a work of art not the medium.

It is the artist in photography that gives form to content by a distillation of ideas, thought, experience, insight and understanding.

 
And he got it when others didn’t even understood what was there to get, when the world didn’t know it was ready for it yet. And that takes guts. Not being a rebel, not inventing something new, but doing, pushing, clicking, by being there and by showing everybody how it is done.

My favorite Steichen shot is the portrait of Fred Holland day, a fellow photographer , which by no coincidence is on the cover of my Steichen book. A portrait that is so rembrandtesque you almost do a double take when you first see it.

For me, as a portrait photographer , this is a true masterpiece, with a magic composition that obeys only its own golden mean. And that for me is Steichen in a nutshell.

I love the fact he is old school. I love the fact he takes his profession, or calling, seriously.
Once you really commence to see things, then you really commence to feel things"
 

These days , the easier it gets to own good cameras, and the easier it gets to shoot and print, the amount of dedication and depth you find in photographers, even from the artistic part of the spectrum, is almost insulting. If you don’t put enough energy and respect in your work, why should I respect it?

He was a pictorialist, he was a fashion photographer, he was the head of the moma photography department, he started cameraworks magazine with Stieglitz and brought photography to the mainstream art world, but all of these, in my humble opinion, even scratches the surface of that one photo with its composition and feel.

I will throw in another photo to that deal. Just to show it was not an accidental flook (and I don’t think anything Steichen ever did was accidental…) and that is his famous self portrait with brush and palette. Dark atmospheric and with sublime composition.

If there is one photographer I have tried to emulate in my work it is Steichen. And that is the best compliment I can give anyone.