tekst ontmoet bij het www-en naar Raymond Depardon
(geschreven in 1980!!)


And then you go to the galleries and museums. You look at those fine books on photography and you see what the masters did long before you knew the difference between Tri-X and Ektachrome. Will you ever shoot a better picture than those Cartier-Bresson street scenes of the 1940s? Will you ever come near the intensity of a Gene Smith reportage? You discover that any imaginable situation has beeen photographed already - the moment of birth and the split second of death, desperation and joy, man on the moon and life in the womb.

Now they are working on computers that will store every photograph that exists in the world. You want a picture of spear-fishing in Surinam? Push the right buttons and you'll see it in milliseconds. The world on magnetic disks wll be right at our fingertips. Why bother to send a photographer all the way to South America? Why bother to go out into the heat and cold of the real world and take even more pictures, adding to the millions that exist already, stored away in the electronic maze? Will photography eventually make itself obsolete through overproduction?

… it takes a lot of courage (or arrogance) for any photographer to go out again and again taking even more pictures to add to the ever-growing abundance of photography

Thomas H–pker, written circa 1980


Graag jullie commentaar.

Hier ook méér en méér de neiging om 'eerder' een goed foto-boek aan te schaffen dan een slecht beeld te produceren

Alles is reeds gefotografeerd en (veel) beter dan dat ik (wij?) het ooit zou (-den) kunnen doen.