Infinite possibilities mean that it's possible. In fact, if the universe is in fact infinite, another photograph just like the one HCB made, DOES exist somewhere out there.
So, what are you getting at?
The puddle jumper photo became iconic because of who shot it, not because it was revolutionary, uniquely aesthetic, or even technically excellent. It came to represent HCB's lifetime of work at snapping the decisive moment.
So, no, an infinite number of Leica-carrying monkeys cannot reproduce it because they aren't HCB. There are already millions of "puddle jumper" photos out there from millions of unknown photographers and they are destined to remain unknown. To produce another "puddle jumper" photo, a photographer needs to establish a body of work recognized as unique or seminal. From that work, a "puddle jumper" photo can emerge as a representative icon.
If I gave an infinite number of Leica II cameras to an infinite amount of monkeys with an infinite supply of film. In an infinite amount of time, would they be able to produce a shot like the Puddle Jumper?
Why? I mean if I tell you they will or they won't, what use would my answer be to you?
Last edited by litody; 11-07-2012 at 12:15 AM. Click to view previous post history.
Are you saying that monkeys are natural portrait photographers.
Hey, I didn't want to upset the feelings of any portrait photographers (or monkeys), so I was trying to keep my comments pretty general. Your interesting question may however deserve its very own thread...