Sunday, September 24, 2006


When I find myself in the weeds with my own pictures I get the urge to watch other photographers work. It doesn't help. Apparently there is no secret code to be cracked. Bummer. So far I have watched William Eggleston in the Real World, Nachtwey in War Photographer, Winogrand and Gowin in an episode of Creativity with Bill Moyers, a short video of Alec Soth at work, a clip of Jeff Mermelstein, and one of Joel Meyerowitz. All very entertaining. There is a moment in Creativity when Edith Gowin yells to the kids upstairs to stop jumping around so that Emmet can make a long exposure without the camera bouncing all over the place. It is nice to think of a masterpiece being made right on the livingroom floor. The most helpful of all? Pecker.


Anonymous said...

Haven't seen most of the others, but I found eggleston in the real world almost unwatchable...and in a strange way it lowered my opinion of the work... seemed less was behind it than I had imagined.

12:48 AM  
Todd said...

To be totally honest, I watch it in bits and pieces. Fell asleep during the first run through (I was pretty tired). The difference between Eggleston in the Real World and War Photographer has a lot to do with how the work is understood, I think. With Eggleston the picture tells me all I need to know. The picture is the magic element. With Nachtwey, the context surrounding the making of the picture is what creates (or contributes to) the 'magic'. War Photographer shows some of that context brilliantly. Eggleston in the Real World adds context I didn't really need in the first place. The photographs have it in them already. I know more about him, which is interesting to me, but I don't come away with any greater appreciation of his pictures.

7:00 AM  
Tarsh said...

Another worthwhile viewing for a photographer is "girl in a mirror, a portrait of carrol jerems"

1:34 PM  
Todd said...

Thanks, Tarsh! I hadn't heard of that one (not unusual for me, I'm afraid). Now, I just need to track one down in NTSC...

2:48 PM  
Anonymous said...


Where can I get a copy of the Moyers piece on Gowin ? I'd love to see that . Thanks!

9:07 AM  
Todd said...

I found a copy of the Moyers tape through the local library. It was a lucky find but in really rough shape and tough to watch. As far as I can tell, the series is not available for purchase through PBS. Maybe we will get lucky and a clip will pop up on YouTube to fill the void.

12:04 PM  
Timothy said...

Hey Todd,

Great Blog! Sorry I'm a bit behind on this post. A friend of mine helped make an interesting Doc on Sally Mann. I don't think they released it but I believe I have a copy. Let me know if you want to borrow it. I think I can find it.

6:02 PM  
Todd said...

Yes, I would love to see it if you can track it down!

6:54 PM  
Tarsh said...

Hah, my system is designed to play all formats, due to my worldy interests and downloads. =]

and if your have been hiding under a rock, check out too. =]

2:01 AM  

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