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Subject: [Leica] How about this one?
From: philippe.amard at (philippe.amard)
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2012 19:47:41 +0200
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Dear Ted,

I fully subscribe to what Jayanand wrote, and IMHO there is no such  
thing as " a neutral mindset". Even without making "judgemental  
decisions", you are the result of your education and culture, and  
choose to show what YOU think is "valuable". Think that even the  
choice of angle or FL do matter, composition; should I leave that  
severed foot out of the picture or not...

In that respect, this is why photography is an Art, bringing to others  
what YOU saw, not another photog. You're a mediator between a reality  
and others' consciousness.
I don't think I'm wrong on that one, for a change my dear friend :-(

Philippe, eager to have this long awaited drink in Bar?a with you next  
month :-)

Le 10 juin 12 ? 19:24, <tedgrant at> <tedgrant at> a ?crit :

> If you are shooting all the action going on around you and you are a  
> true photojournalist intent on covering every element of the event,  
> you don't even think about anything else but getting the best bloody  
> images showing what's happening!     IT'S A NO BRAINER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
> with a neutral mind set!
> How difficult is that to understand? Been in more than a few and I  
> shot all the actions that I could see happening regardless of  
> whomever it was! I was a recorder of the event..... not making any  
> judgmental decisions!
> ted !
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Jayanand Govindaraj" <jayanand at 
> >
> To: "Leica Users Group" <lug at>
> Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2012 3:48 AM
> Subject: Re: [Leica] How about this one?
>> We can only look at documentary photography filtered through the  
>> eyes of
>> our own experience, but that, to me, is a very valid point of view.
>> Cheers
>> Jayanand
>> On Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 11:23 PM, Phil Swango <pswango at> wrote:
>>> Ted Grant wrote:
>>> >My job was to cover the event! Not make a journalistic statement or
>>> political
>>> justification one way or the other!
>>> I agree that that's the ideal posture from a news perspective, but  
>>> I wonder
>>> how easy it is to keep your emotions and your seeing separate.   
>>> Here's a
>>> book that explores the question. I haven't read it yet but Errol  
>>> Morris is
>>> a respected documentary filmmaker so I expect he's thought quite a  
>>> bit
>>> about this.
>>> --
>>> Phil Swango
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>>> Albuquerque, NM 87108
>>> 505-262-4085
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