Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Here's Proof That New Yorkers Like to Complain - New York Times

Here's Proof That New Yorkers Like to Complain - New York Times: "These letters and several dozen of others have been compiled by a conceptual artist named Matthew Bakkom into a tabloid-size booklet called 'The New York City Museum of Complaint,' which he will hand out in parks in Lower Manhattan in the next week.

In the view of Mr. Bakkom, complaint forms the very foundation of civic life.

'The point of complaining is not necessarily that it's going to change things,' he said. 'It's more kind of an existential act that is essential to democracy.' "

Monday, July 10, 2006

Garry Winogrand - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Garry Winogrand quotes from Wikipedia:

Garry Winogrand - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "'A photograph is the illusion of a literal description of how the camera 'saw' a piece of time and space.'

'Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed.'

'I photograph to see what the world looks like in photographs.'

'I like to think of photographing as a two-way act of respect. Respect for the medium, by letting it do what it does best, describe. And respect for the subject, by describing as it is. A photograph must be responsible to both.'

'I don't know if all the women in the photographs are beautiful, but I do know that the women are beautiful in the photographs.' (In reference to his book, 'Women are Beautiful.')

'There is nothing as mysterious as a fact clearly described.'

'All things are photographable.'

'I don't have anything to say in any picture. My only interest in photography is to see what something looks like as a photograph. I have no preconceptions.'"