A short documentary titled "American Beauty" about Stephen Shore, one of my favorite photographers and a pioneer in using color in art photography.
There are many great things he mentions in this movie, but here are two quotes – the first on what goes through his mind when taking a picture:
What I guess goes through my mind when I’m taking a picture is… I am thinking wordlessly about how all these elements relate to each other. And I am thinking again wordlessly about finding a balance. That I look for a point that seems central to the picture. And when I find that point that tells me where to stand and where exactly to aim the camera.
And what he thinks about cropping:
I have nothing against cropping as a moral thing. But I like playing a game within certain rules, within certain boundaries. And for me it makes it more interesting to know that the decisions I make when I take the picture are the decisions I have to live with.
More in the documentary “American Beauty” – enjoy.
Some (very) basic facts about Stephen Shore: At age 14 three of his photographs were bought by Edward Steichen, the curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, at 17 he began documenting Andy Warhol’s Factory and at 23 he had the first one-man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art – read more about him in this Wikipedia article or visit this website.
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