Los Angeles

Arthur Dubinsky

Beach State College

The documentary photographer normally works with a minimum of camera equipment, attempting to capture moments or incidents as they occur, without the attempt to interpose his own personality or the consciousness of the camera between the viewer and the subject. This is difficult to do, for the very choice of which angle to shoot, or which element of the whole is important brings out the photographer’s background and personality. However, to be successful, to record, to capture a moment is the photographer’s aim. And in this, Mr. Dubinsky is successful.

To do more, to create photographs that either reveal a new aspect of the over-photographed, to present a character study that gives the viewer the knowledge of the complete character of the subject and reveals more of the subject than has been known before—this is more difficult. And here Mr. Dubinsky is not always successful. Only in the three photographs of Russian women worshipping and a rather surrealistic one of a German matron in a flowered hat pointing limply at a stout German gentleman was this extra dimension present. The photographs of the late President Kennedy and President Johnson in conference were of great interest, but more because of their subjects themselves than of any aspect of them revealed by the photographer. The photographs of Dr. Linus Pauling were also of interest because of the subject.

The remainder of the photographs tended to show no special feeling either for psychological insight or for abstraction of the visual essence of the subject.

John Weeks