Brooks Jensen of LensWork Magazine published a piece called The Naked Emperor Awards on his blog a while ago. A friend pointed me to it, and I found it most interesting. As with any critique or criticism singling out one particular artist/photographer is a bit unfair and it would be good if it could be done without ‘naming names.’ Here he uses one of Jeffrey Milstein’s photos. I was not familiar with this photographer, and in a sense I really don’t think it matters who the photographer is. Jensen speaks more to the type of photo it is, why it is considered significant, and why it demands a rather steep price. Since I am not much of fan of dead pan and typology photographs – even though I am doing some of them myself with the pinhole series – I found much with which to agree in the article. If you are interested in the hisotry of photography and art criticism you might want to read it.
ps. I will hold reposting other people’s blog entries to a minimum, and am somewhat embarrassed that I am doing two in a row.