As I’ve been shifting through piles of photography books for thesis research, I have found myself growing excited by the remembrance of some truly iconic images & photographers. I used to do Classic Tuesdays here quite frequently.. maybe it’s time for a comeback.
Lee Friedlander, New Orleans, Louisiana 1968. source.
The scene fascinated me, a round straw hat; the funnel leaning left, the stairway leaning right; the white drawbridge, its railings made of chain; white suspenders crossed on the back of a man below; circular iron machinery; a mast that cut into the sky, completing the triangle. I stood spellbound for a while. I saw shapes related to one another – a picture of shapes, and underlying it, a new vision that held me: simple people: the feeling of ship, ocean sky. If all my photographs were lost, and I were represented only by The Steerage, that would be quite all right.” – Alfred Stieglitz.
Suddenly a specific photograph reaches me; it animates me, and I animate it. So that is how I must name the attraction which makes it exist.. The photograph is in no way animated, but it animates me: this is what creates every adventure. – Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida.