Rosamond Wolff Purcell

A photograph works for me when it goes beyond creating an effect. I am easily enamored of and equally disillusioned by my efforts. They certainly do not seem to reflect my soul. They consist of external facts in more or less arbitrary arrangements. The kind of reasoning I use when working might be the same a writer of brief impressions might use. Photos occur as vignettes rather than as statements. I have difficulty reentering the spirit of older work. I keep hoping for work of greater clarity, spareness, and subtlety.

When using Polaroid materials, I work from print to print rather than more sublimi-nally ...

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