<Pascal>This is a quick guest post by Chris Stump, the second of many more, I hope, given the strength and brilliance of his associated photographs. Chris, thanks a lot. Take it away!</Pascal>
The photo of artist Alberto Giacometti above was apparently taken by Henri Cartier-Bresson. I say ‘apparently’ not because I doubt the attribution, not at all.
I say it because I’ve never seen this image. And I’ve paid attention…to black and white images in general, and those by HCB in particular. For decades.
I’m 60 this year. I graduated from photo school in my late twenties and have worked in photography all my adult life. I taught. I own an M3, for christsake.
I really should have come across this, somewhere, at some time.
I just saw it in a recent TNY article [https://bit.ly/2LDOnLd], as likely you did too. But I, perhaps more than most, was gobsmacked by it. I scarcely needed to look for the photo credit. It was clearly him. My eyes slid down the the bottom of the frame, me whispering no, no. How could this be?
I can be so sure I haven’t seen it before because it is so memorable. The motion, so perfectly framed in a split second. A ‘decisive moment’, if you will. And the subject in such perfect synchronization with the two suggestively similar light and dark forms left and right. The negative space. The rhythm. The perfect motion blur. The fag. The balance. The…moment. Fuck.
If I missed this by someone I truly pay attention to, how many more wonderful images out there have escaped unseen. How many more have I not had the opportunity to appreciate. Divided by how many more viewing years, hours, I have left.
Such a pity…
I bought a second Jacob Aue Sobol for the office wall last year, and that’s been wonderful. But nothing can stem the tide.
I sent these thoughts to a very knowledgeable friend, and turns out he’d not heard of Sobol yet…unthinkable to me. And yet, I had not heard of the Miron Zownir character he recommended…so there we are. Come to think of it, y’all may never have seen my work either. Perish the thought 😉
The older I get, the more I realize how little I’ve seen…how little I know. Perhaps you as well?
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