&783/ The State of Photography: Listening to Brooks Jensen

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I grew up with a History of Photography volume published in the 60's. As a child I used to browse and re-browse all those magnificent photographs from Alfred Stieglitz, Man Ray, André Kertésh, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brassaï, Edward Steichen ...

A dedication evolved. My father gave me his old 6x6 bellows camera and I did 120 roll film for one summer before switching to analog slide photography on a Minolta XD-7 (sold as the XD-11 in the US and as the XD in Japan) for 25 years.

Photography has always been a passion of mine and I actually wonder why I never changed route. Engaged myself in physics/ biophysics first and in digital marketing after completing my studies.

Time to rethink a choice?

For now I began to extensively listen to Brooks Jensen's excellent thoughts he began podcasting in early 2004 ;)

From the iTunes store: "Random Observations on Art, Photography, and the Creative Process. These short 2-4 minute talks focus on the creative process in fine art photography. LensWork editor Brooks Jensen side-steps techno-talk and artspeak to offer a stimulating mix of ideas, experience, and observations from his 35 years as a fine art photographer, writer, and publisher. Topics include a wide range of subjects from finding subject matter to presenting your work and building an audience. Brooks Jensen is the publisher of LensWork, one of the world's most respected and award-winning photography publications, known for its museum-book quality printing and luxurious design. LensWork is sold in over 1500 stores in the USA and has subscribers in 62 countries. His latest books are "Letting Go of the Camera" (2004) and "Single Exposures" (2005)."

[Update August 8, 2010 4:50 PM: Visiting my mom today and looking for that volume in our family bookshelves I found it to be Peter Pollack's Picture History of Photography dating from 1969 in a German translation.]

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