on the graphic side of photography

Early on, I realized that a graphic image, among other things, can be a useful tool. It can provide an exclamation point to an image. It can become a great simplifier to complex image. It can become an abstraction. It can become the image. At it’s best, it can take the viewer into a whole other world. On the other hand,  an overly graphic image can create a very quick “Wow!” sensation and then upon further viewing, lose that original power because it has been discovered. I think the best graphic images are those where the compositions are less obvious and/or include a counterpoint. That can be the beginning of story. I have always felt that my most successful photographs are like short stories; they say the most with the least. The best photographs don’t always have stories with answers; sometimes they’re stories that ask questions. And, sometimes they’re not stories at all; instead they may be visual poems or visual adjectives. The film director, Wim Wenders, himself a very good photographer, did a wonderful book of photographs called, “Once”. In the introduction he ends by saying, “I hope this photobook will become a storybook. It Isn’t yet- but it can become one if you just listen to your eyes”. I love that!”

Arthur Meyerson

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