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Public relations
Garry Winogrand

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He was willing to talk about where he had taken the pictures, but did not express a feling for any of them, other than admitting occasionally that “yeah, that’s a good photograph.” He was informative, though, about how he traveled — the kind of motel he stayed in (“Good ones, to photograph”), what it was safe to eat almost anywhere (“No one can murder eggs, and almost no one will kill fried chicken”), how fast he drove (“Forty miles an hour, to rubberneck”), and how often he called his answering service back in New York (“Every day”). It was curios and unsettling that he so fiercely insisted on describing what to me were the flattest details of his life, while his photographs, which were the reasons for all of these plans and routines, sat in unregarded stacks in a den set off from his living room.

 

On first meeting he does not give the impression of being an especially emotional or sensitive individual.. He usually is seen dressed in a baggy tweed sports jacket, his tie askew, his shoes scuffed, with a well-worn Leica sloping from his shoulders. He has a relaxed off-hand manner and a dry wit. But this placid exterior is deceptive… As one friend put it, “Garry is interested in everything.”

 

He says of this period: “I began to live within the photographic process.”
Following the suggestion of Robert Frank’s work, the framing of his picture became freer, cradling what he photographed. He used a wide-angle lens and tilted his camera, anxious to test how unaligned a photograph could seem and still stand as a kind of window, or rational frame, for what he wanted to show. It also appears that he began to understand how a simple, common gesture such as a glance or handshake could, when photographed, describe a relationship that drew the whole picture into a new meaning, a fiction: “I knew something was happening in those rectangles. I was getting the form for the content. It wasn’t a mannerism. I was beginning to master something.”

Winogrand è uno dei miei fotografi preferiti, sia come approccio che come risultati. Un’amica mi ha prestato il suo bellissimo Public Relations, non facile da reperire, ed è un mesetto che me lo sfoglio.

Per chi vuole scoprire qualcosa di più sul fotografo americano consiglio questi due articoli:


 

La Femme de Paul
Guy de Maupassant

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Que faire? Il le savait bien, mais ne le pouvait pas

 

Francois d’Arville était resté garcon par amour de la chasse. Ils chassaient tous deux d’un bout à l’autre de l’année, sans repos, sans arret, sans lassitude. Ils n’aimaient que cela, ne vivaient que pour cela.

Il mio primo libro letto tutto in francese, una serie di racconti di de Maupassant 🙂 Gratis su Amazon.


 Il mondo della fotografia (volume 1)

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Ho trovato in un mercatino questa vecchia enciclopedia del 1980, ho iniziato a leggerla quasi per scherzo e pagina dopo pagina non sono più riuscito a staccarmi… Certe cose a leggerle oggi fanno quasi ridere, altre invece fanno riflettere parecchio. È una bella lettura perché intervalla sezioni tecniche ad altre più teoriche, inframezzando il tutto con approfondimenti su autori vari, tra cui molti mostri sacri che all’epoca erano “giovani promesse” 🙂


La merveilleuse histoire de Peter Schlemihl ou L’homme qui a perdu son ombre
Adalbert Von Chamisso

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… ce qu’on ne fait pas de bon gré tout de suite, on finit par le faire contraint et forcé.

Altro libro in francese (se non si fosse capito voglio imparare bene il francese).


The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby
Tom Wolfe

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Tom Wolfe è il mio scrittore preferito e questo libro per gli amanti del new journalism e della bella scrittura è il meglio sulla piazza. Una raccolta dei suoi migliori articoli, che per me sono tra i migliori pezzi giornalistici in assoluto della storia.


Matteo Pezzi