Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/12/23

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Ansel Adams - Erwitt's statement
From: imagist3 at (Lottermoser George)
Date: Tue Dec 23 08:24:55 2008
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I too love what Erwitt notices and how he presents it to us.
He notices visual irony at a very sophisticated and humorous level.
He has a unique and uncanny ability in noticing what he does.

"Photography is simply a function of noticing things.
Nothing more." - Elliott Erwitt

Ridiculously glib. Probably (hopefully) taken out of a larger context.

All photographs "notice things."
True enough. So what?

Noticing unique and/or universal qualities in a subject;
precise relevant moments;
whether humorous, tragic, elegant, ironic, or whatever;
the convergence of lines, shapes and forms into striking compositions;
the balance of tones and/or colors;
the use of textures and rhythms;
then putting those notices
onto a two dimensional surface
in a way which actively communicates to the viewer of that piece of  
what, with a bit of why, you noticed;
goes well beyond "simply a function of noticing things."

And none of the above touches on the technical skill set
required to achieve, in print, that which we "simply noticed."

Fond regards,

On Dec 23, 2008, at 8:59 AM, David Rodgers wrote:

> I love Elliot Erwitt's work, in particular all his dog shots. And  
> yes, they don't seem as technically great as Ansel Adams'  
> landscapes. But consider Erwitt's somewhat famous image of a  
> scampering dog suspended over a puddle with a person in the  
> background. Dramatic tonal contrast helps makes that image what it  
> is, IMHO.

Replies: Reply from sonc.hegr at (Sonny Carter) ([Leica] Re: Ansel Adams - Erwitt's statement)
In reply to: Message from drodgers at (David Rodgers) ([Leica] Re: Ansel Adams)