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Reading Photographs September Meeting

The September Reading Photographs will be on Sunday, Sept 29th, 2:00PM at the Katy Contemporary Art Museum. This will be limited to six participants.

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.

Please only RSVP if you are sure you will be there. Don't block a spot from someone else. Thanks!

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  • Gary W.

    Angel, thank you. The most important thing today from my standpoint is that everyone there jumped in and made a contribution. The meeting was a success but not because of me. I was so pleased that everyone seemed so willing to add their personal points of view on photography. It was a group success.

    September 29, 2013

  • Gary W.

    I want to thank everyone for the meeting today. We had a great group with lively and stimulating discussion. I came away encourage about the state of amateur photography. When I discovered that I did not have my notes for the meeting and was going to have to wing it everyone jumped right in with contributions to the discussion. I'll say it again, a great group of photographers.

    Jerry, sorry you could locate the museum. We need to exchange phone numbers. Last week it was me that needed to get in touch with you.

    September 29, 2013

  • Angel

    Very stimulating conversation about the art vs. the craft of photography. I think discussions like this are essential to my growth as a photographer and I can't thank Gary enough for the thoughtful way that he lead the group.

    September 29, 2013

  • JerryLee

    Was unable to find the meeting location

    September 29, 2013

  • Dolores P.

    Would love to come but can't make it this time.

    September 28, 2013

  • Paula P.

    I want to do this so much I can't stand it! Unfortunately I am not able to make it. This is a subject that I am very interested in and I know that the session would be invaluable. Y'all enjoy and know that I will be there in spirit.

    September 28, 2013

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