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Transformational Imagemaking: Handmade Photography Since 1960 by Robert Hirsch

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THE ACCEPTANCE of handmade photographic work by a mainstream audience is likely to continue to come slowly. Makers of such photographs think that art comes from searching the self. This leads them to favor an aesthetic that ignores inherited hierarchies and barriers, thus challenging dominant photo-art trends and the reasoning behind them. Now that digital imaging has made it possible for everyone to be his or her own photographer and publisher, what can one do to separate his/her pictures from the homogenized pack and make photographs that are uniquely their own? Ironically, electronic imagery has furthered acceptance of the fundamental concepts of handmade photography by demonstrating that photographs do not necessarily capture the ...

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