Abbott, in my mind, seems to have had her judgement clouded by her romance with that city. Perhaps the same deal with Diane Arbus and Weegee. Why couldn't these women take old men's intentions seriously? That's usually a survival instinct!
The canon of photographic art is flawed in many respects and taken too seriously by some. It's why I laud Lewis Baltz for his comment that "there is no history of photography". Lartigue is another head scratcher and eye roller for me. Yet, mention that to a photography student, who probably has to study these anomalies... or at least, with reverence for the canon, feels they have to.
A few years ago I went to the Ellesmere Port National Waterways Museum (reluctantly) which had a photography exhibit of early work, by photographers nobody has heard of. I'm not one for nostalgia - be it early photographic processes or survey work and certainly not canals - but some of the images were artistically ahead of their time and evocative in a way we would understand today. I would have asked about them, but the place being a tribute to the condom ridden gutters of the Industrial Revololution (canals), I wanted to get away from all the weird old men as soon as I could. Survival instinct took over.
But seriously, I think there was probably an Atget in every city in the world producing imagery of equal (substantiated) interest. It just happens that the Stieglitz in crowd never visited them.
This week, that title belongs to Vivian Maier.
Originally Posted by cliveh
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