Spirituality, Sensuality, and Mechanics

Those who have only a superficial knowledge of the possibilities of our art contend that the photographer is a mere mechanical realist without power to add anything of himself to his production. Yet some of our critics inconsistently commit themselves to the statement that some of our pictures are nothing like nature. This is giving... Continue Reading →

Vive la (Creative) Révolution!

Some photographic movements have had a following in America, but none has ever held sway for any length of time. The Photo-Secession, documentary photography, photo-journalism, f/64, all made valuable individual contributions, but they all had to give way to the self-assertive individual photographer. Of course, individual photographers do bind themselves to certain limiting systems of... Continue Reading →

A Conversation with Brooks Jensen

A couple of days ago I've had the pleasure of spending a day with Brooks Jensen, photographer and publisher of LensWork Magazine. We've had many good conversations, and even recorded one of them. Hope you enjoy it! Of course, if you wish to order autographed copies of my books, I would appreciate it. They are... Continue Reading →

Another Day Not Wasted: Book Update

My next book, titled, Another Day Not Wasted, is coming soon. I can't say exactly how soon yet (under threat of bodily harm by my publisher) but, well... soon. Until soon arrives, I'll be sharing a series of book updates. Rest assured, as soon as I can announce a hard date (and a pre-order page), I'll... Continue Reading →

Photography as an Art Language

This article is adapted from a column I originally wrote for LensWork Magazine. I have been a proud contributor to LensWork for several years, and consider it one of the finest photographic publications of our time. Photography has been called an irresponsive medium. This is much the same as calling it a mechanical process. A great... Continue Reading →

On Planning

Sometimes, the only way to discover who you are or what life you should lead is to do less planning and more living—to burst the double bubble of comfort and convention and just do stuff, even if you don’t know precisely where it’s going to lead, because you don’t know precisely where it’s going to... Continue Reading →

Us of the Minority

Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher ‘standard of living’ is worth its cost in things natural, wild, and free. For us of the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television,... Continue Reading →

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