The Adventure of a PhotographerCan photography lead to madness?The Adventure of a Photographer by myraincheck
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Today I am sharing with you a short story, "The Adventure of a photographer" by Italo Calvino, famous italian fiction writer and journalist (1923-85). It is only 6 pages long, you can read the whole text here: http://beauty.gmu.edu/AVT459/AVT459-001/Calvino.pdf
It is the story of the approach to photography, and then of the obsessive relationship between the (at first) nonphotographer Antonio Paraggi and photography's medium, purpose, and philosophy. Starting from annoyance, then a frequent use and then to a maniacal use of photography, overwhelmed by the disproportion between the immense potentialities of the medium and their possible practical uses.
I wanted to share it with you because it is food for thought for a photographer. I hope that someone will reach the end of this long journal and share with me his/her thoughts...
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Failography"It is important to take bad pictures" (Diane Arbus)Failography by myraincheck
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This is the beginning of an interesting book by Clément Chéroux, Fautographie : petite histoire de l'erreur photographique (I don't know if the book was translated in english, I couldn't find it on the net, but the title should sound like Failography: a brief history of the photographic error).
Amongst the biggest 'mistakers' of photography, the book mentions and comments the works of many famous photographers: Man Ray, Lisette Model, Lee Friedlander, Ugo Mulas, Andreé Kertész, Lartigue.
Many are the anecdotes and the interesting discoveries, for example the story of a big national contest in France, in 1991, entitled 'Fautographie' (fail photography), a contest that had a big success, with thousands of entries and famous editors and critics working on decoding the case of the photographic error.
According to Chéroux what is commonly considered a 'photographic