Sunday, April 14, 2013

Response to "Masters of Photography" documentary

Holy crazy hair Batman.

I really enjoyed looking at all the photographs in this documentary, most of them pictures of people, while hearing quotes from Diane Arbus, as well as hearing other people talk about her who knew her.

One thing in particular that stood out was Marvin Israel talking about how for Diane, it was always about the experience of the photograph was important rather than about the photograph itself. That really stood out for me, because I feel like a lot of people are really obsessed with taking really great technical pictures, of taking really beautiful pictures, but for me that's not what it's about at all. It's not about taking a photograph and making it as beautiful as possible, it's about capturing the beauty of the moment itself as it occurs. The spontaneity and the experience itself makes the photograph beautiful.

Another thing I found interesting that was mentioned was that Diane liked "photographing freaks." It's interesting, again, because so often people are caught up in photographing a beautiful subject, but Diane found something beautiful or interesting in people who were maybe not objectively attractive, or were somehow different from the norm. It's a different kind of beauty, but I still find it very interesting that she chose to photograph those kinds of people.

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