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Reading Photographs September Meeting

Reading a photograph is a considerably different process from critiquing a photograph. Minor White had a different terminology. He preferred to call it experiencing a photograph. Here is a blurb from an article written by him that appeared in Aperture magazine.

"Postpone judgment! When starting to read, experience a photograph, or take part in a photograph (or picture of any kind) first put aside both like and dislike. Leave criticism to the last, or better still forget to criticize."

Reading a photograph has nothing to do with the 'conventional wisdoms' we all know by rote. It is trying to understand the photograph rather than the craft of photography.

Bring along one or two of your own photographs if you like. Look for photographs that have special meaning to you. Generally the photographs that are the most interesting, the most valuable to 'read' are the ones that would do the worst in a camera club competition or would be the least likely to sell as a wall hanging. Those are the photographs that are more likely from within your soul, something really important to you as a person. They are the photographs that stir an emotion or have metaphorical meaning; the ones that make you happy, sad, wonder, question or even tell a truth or a secret. They are personal rather than cliché. Be prepared to talk about your photograph—not how you made it, but why you made it and what it means to you.

The September Reading Photographs will be on Sunday, Sept 29th, 2:00PM at the Katy Contemporary Art Museum. Further details to follow. This will be limited to six participants. Please only RSVP if you are sure you will be there. Don't block a spot from someone else. Thanks! 

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  • Srini S.

    Great meetup. Interesting and helpful discussions all around. I always enjoy learning the different perspective and thought process of fellow photogs. Doesn't hurt to have pros like Tom Haymes offering tips and wisdom. Gary did a great job of leading the discussion!

    September 29, 2013

  • Eddie A.

    Awesome little get together! Thanks Debi and Gary. These discussions are a worthwhile thing to continue.

    September 29, 2013

  • Eddie A.

    So now that I was lucky enough to RSVP, what will we be doing exactly? Interpreting images?

    1 · September 16, 2013

    • Debi

      Read the updated description of the meetup. This will be a different kind of meetup. Hope you enjoy.

      September 16, 2013

  • William G.

    Debi, thanks you for the invitation. Unfortunately I am going to be out of the city that week.

    September 16, 2013

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