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More Than a Rock by Guy Tal

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20Such Things Could Be

The good photograph is not the object, the consequences of the photograph are the objects. So that no one would say, how did you do it, where did you find it, but they would say that such things could be.

—Dorothea Lange

It is with some trepidation that I confess to feeling a little pinch inside each time someone responds to one of my images with the question “where is this?” It is a valid and understandable reaction, one I also experienced at times in my salad days, before coming to the recognition that there are far greater rewards to appreciating photographs independent of what they are pictures of. I urge fellow artists to transcend the simple mechanics of making images of things, and instead strive to make images that ...

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