Jul 9, 2007


John Szarkowski, the preeminent currtor writer on contemporary photography, died on Saturday. Coincidentally, I bought a used copy of Mirrors and Windows the same day. I've been pouring over this book since then- lost in a brilliant collection of images by the best photographers of the 60's and 70's.

"The artists represented in this book are all, finally, concerned with the pursuit of beauty: that formal integrity which pays homage to the dream of meaningful life"

"As one approaches the present, it becomes progressively more difficult, and chancier, to identify with confidence those figures who have significantly revised our understanding of photography's potential"

It's safe, and appropriate, to say that few have influenced and effected our understanding more.

both quotes by John Szarkowski, from Mirrors and Windows

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