It Ain’t Easy

Posted in Art by thedumpsterbaby on April 27, 2008

Smoke Eaters, 1975, Jill Freedman

Great piece in the today’s New York Times Sunday Edition by a friend of T&P’s about the life and times of forgotten NY street photographer Jill Freeman. Yesterday the foothills behind my house caught on fire, and last night, on my way home from the grocery store, I passed group after group of “photographers” holding up their digital point-and-shoots (some on tripods) and camera phones and it made me think about how the ease of using these new technologies had democratized the medium, and how many more crappy photos are floating around the world as a result. This is not entirely terrible, but this article made me think about how many great photographers there must be from the lost age of the F-Stop which have eluded well-deserved recognition in recent times. So read.

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  1. stevendraper said, on April 27, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks for sharing this link.

    Although I am 100% digital, I did pretty well with film. I remember my teenage days making a 36 roll last a couple of weeks of walks, trips and days out!

    The photo that you post is very good by the nature of what it doesn’t show, and everything it suggests. I wish the picture editors of all newspapers realized this and supported a high standard, rather than underpin the whole industry by encouraging low quality stuff they probably get for free.

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