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Photographic Possibilities, 2nd Edition by John Valentino, Robert Hirsch

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Why We Make Photographs: Ideas and History That Affect Photographic Printmaking

People make photographs for a multitude of reasons. One fundamental motive is to record a specific moment that represents someone or something of importance. For most people the standard, automatic type of photographic record keeping is enough, but for others it is not. This small group finds it necessary to control, interact with, and manipulate the photographic process and to interpret and actively interject their responses to the subject. It is for these expressive imagemakers that this book has been written. People make photographs because words often fail to adequately describe and express their relationship to the world. Pictures are an essential ...

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