Szarkowski: The Frame.

Nice Nostalgia. Copyright. Knut Skjærven.

“Since the photographer’s picture was not conceived but selected, his subject was never truly discrete, never wholly self-contained. The edges of  his film demarcated what he thought most important, but the subject he had  shot was something else; is has extended in four directions. If the photographer’s frame surrounded two figures, isolating them from the crowd in which they stood, it created a relationship between the two figures that had not existed before.

The central act of photography, the act of choosing and eliminating, forces a concentration on the picture edge – the line that separates in from out – and on the shapes that are created by it.”

John Szarkowski: The Photographers Eye, The Museum of Modern Art, New York 2009.

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Other posts on Szarkowski: IntroductionThe Thing ItselfThe DetailThe FrameTimeVantage Point.
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