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Eric Myrvaagnes

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Re: Sally Mann
« Reply #20 on: August 27, 2018, 02:02:19 pm »

Thanks, Eric. As a Sally Mann fan, I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the show!
I really did. And I'm glad I didn't read your review until after I got home. On my own I felt I had to read every label, which I seldom do at exhibits.

I read your review to my wife this morning, and she was surprised that a photographer (not an art critic) could write so well and so perceptively.

Cheers,
Eric
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Re: Sally Mann
« Reply #21 on: August 27, 2018, 06:13:27 pm »

That was lovely to hear! Thank your wife for her kind words!

(there are many who would happily assure you that I am no photographer -- not infrequently I am among their number ;)
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Re: Sally Mann
« Reply #22 on: August 28, 2018, 04:17:56 am »

I really did. And I'm glad I didn't read your review until after I got home. On my own I felt I had to read every label, which I seldom do at exhibits.

I read your review to my wife this morning, and she was surprised that a photographer (not an art critic) could write so well and so perceptively.

Cheers,
Eric


Why would Mrs M think photographers are obliged to be illiterate?

Rob

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Re: Sally Mann
« Reply #23 on: August 28, 2018, 10:18:43 am »


Why would Mrs M think photographers are obliged to be illiterate?

Rob
Correction: What she really said was that she was delighted to see a well-written and perceptive review that wasn't muddied with "Art Speak."

I think I can agree with that.

Eric
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Re: Sally Mann
« Reply #24 on: August 28, 2018, 10:45:45 am »

Correction: What she really said was that she was delighted to see a well-written and perceptive review that wasn't muddied with "Art Speak."

I think I can agree with that.

Eric

Now I can agree with your wife, too.

And to think I imagined that I could take all that's written in LuLa as gospel!

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Re: Sally Mann
« Reply #26 on: September 03, 2018, 02:26:38 am »


Why would Mrs M think photographers are obliged to be illiterate?

Rob

Because...

It's a strange thing, but photographers with a modicum of photographic ability often fall flat on their ass when it comes to writing about the work of other photographers.
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Re: Sally Mann
« Reply #27 on: September 03, 2018, 04:08:10 am »

Because...

It's a strange thing, but photographers with a modicum of photographic ability often fall flat on their ass when it comes to writing about the work of other photographers.



Not sure why I missed this - probably too much excitement over at the photo-chain thread.

Anyway, I was wondering why the sentence had been written in italics - was it a quote from something?

Regardless, it may well be true that photographers don't necessarily write well about the work of other photographers, but then very few people ever do: the temptation is to the extremes: either they praise them to the heavens or knock them, but that, of itself, doesn't mean that the praising or demolishing isn't being done well.

Perhaps the truth is that there is not a lot that can be written about the photographic aspects of the work of photographers, but much that can about the effects of that work on the writer. Describing the graphics is pointless when they are plainly visible - or lacking - right there in the image. Much like food or perfume, they depend for effect on sensitivities other than those that lend themselves to words, making the writing project far from easy.
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