how the camera saw a piece of time and space

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by Garry Winogrand

‘Winogrand told us that anything was photographable. He said that we only make the pictures we know; it is hard to break from our preconceptions about how something should look photographed. He told us to let what we see determine where the edges of the photograph go. He challenged us to forget our preconceptions about how to photograph something. “A photograph,” he said, “is the illusion of a literal description of how the camera saw a piece of time and space.” I wanted to know what technique Winogrand used to get his best shots, and all he’d talk about was a strange, esoteric theory!’

– From an interesting article about being a part of a photography workshop with the great street photographer Garry Winogrand.

read the rest of the article here

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