Helen Levitt – Observing New York’s Streets @Arles2019

Helen Levitt (1913-2009) – Espace Van Gogh (part of Rereading – Photography Revisited) Levitt was inspired by HCB and used a 35mm camera in East Harlem and the Bronx to revolutionise traditional reportage photography. This was different from the sociopolitical documentary that had come before and more about artistic depiction, influenced by surrealism which had … Continue reading Helen Levitt – Observing New York’s Streets @Arles2019

The telepathic camera

“How do I focus it?” Joe asked him, lowering the camera. “Oh, don’t bother about that. Just look at me and push the little lever. Your mind will do the rest.” “My mind.” Joe snapped a photo of his host, then handed the camera back to him. “The camera is …” He searched for the word … Continue reading The telepathic camera

An opportunity not taken

Photographs Not Taken is the kind of book you can dip in and out of. It is a collection of short essays by an impressive roster of photographers who describe, with varying levels of writing skill, images/experiences they did not capture with their cameras. The ‘author’ Will Steacy says in his preface that the essays … Continue reading An opportunity not taken