Bruce Barnbaum

I’d really rather leave it to others to say what they see in it and to see if I’ve put something into my photographs beyond a mere recording. Yes, I’ve chosen the camera position, how I’m going to print the negative, the angel of the lens, what I’m going to include and exclude in the composition, so on and so forth. But, I’m still photographing a work of art, and I would rather leave it to others to comment on my work, as I just left it to you.

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I believe that creativity is a product of intelligence. I don’t believe that creative work can be produced by fools, dullards, or mediocre people, except in the rarest of accidents. Creativity is a product of desire, thought, experience, experimentation and inner conviction. Taken together, these five qualities imply intelligence and commitment.

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…I always feel it’s necessary to look at my images from two distances. Here is my criterion: If I can look at it from a distance and then come up close but find nothing more to see, it’s printed too large. It’s not giving me any new information when I come up to it.

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I think that’s necessary in photography. We try to simplify the chaos that’s out there – and that’s true of the natural world as well as the mad-made world. Clearly, it’s easier in the mad-made world because it has already been structured.

“I think that’s necessary in photography. We try to simplify the chaos that’s out there – and that’s true of the natural world as well … Read More