John Wood on Why So Much Contemporary Photography is Boring

March 31, 2011 § 28 Comments

The answer is simple and requires no lengthy essay.  A serious photograph is like any other serious work of art—a painting, a poem, a symphony, and so forth.  My use of the adjective serious is to denote a work that bears repeated looks, readings, hearings, etc. and rewards those repeated experiences of it with fresh insights and pleasure.  How is it possible that repeated returns to a work can bring fresh insight?  That happens to be what any art that has lived or will live requires and demands.  I won’t discuss here how this is possible in each of the arts but will restrict myself to photography. « Read the rest of this entry »


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