August 30th, 2009

Psychological Motives For Pursuing Serious Photography

I’m working on a lengthy piece on the topic of the various psychological
motives that compel people to take up serious photography. After a lot of
reflection, I’m aware of a few of my own, but I’d be most interested
in hearing some insights from others.

I got the idea to pursue this the other day when I was revisiting
“O’Keeffe & Stieglitz: An American Romance,” by Benita Eisler. I
was particularly struck by these sentences by Eisler:

Photography, if not truth, in Alfred Stieglitz's life seems an
inevitability. In its complex fusion of the technical and aesthetic,
of process and practice, "seeing" and intuition, art and craft, the
making of pictures with his new machine embraced both psychological
need and expressive impulse.

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