New York

Eugene Atget

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

Writing about photography is not like writing about painting. It isn’t that in photography the medium is more important than in painting, but that the kind of first-hand knowledge of it that only a practitioner can have is more important. The reason for this is that the state of the art is not only changing but improving, since in this case the art is partly—largely—a technology. One thing it is impossible to judge without a thorough knowledge of technique is whether a given photographer is getting the most out of his medium—not, is he exploiting all the possibilities it has to offer, since every personality is limited and none would want to exploit all the possibilities, but is he exploiting all those which might be useful to him? On the other hand, it could well be that the stage of their technical development is holding him back; I think that this might have been a serious problem for

to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. Please sign in below.

Not registered for Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW and save up to 65% off the newsstand price for full online access to this issue and our archive.

Order the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.