LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
From Clemens Kalischer of Stockbridge, Massachusetts
To examine photography as an art is certainly a most important task, but if this leads to the more or less conscious imitation of painting styles (even if modern) we find ourselves returning right to the beginning, with a new type of formalism and pictorialism. One might think that by now photography had freed itself from such bounds and developed its own grammar and realized its own potentials and limitations. Art in photography as in any other creative field means the meaningful expression of an individual’s response to the experiences of life within the limits of his medium. Why cannot aperture explore all artistic achievements in photography instead of retreating within the limits of "artiness.” Why do we have to draw lines between "art” photography, photo-journalism, yes, even advertising, etc. . . . The only line that should be drawn is between superior or inferior results of the efforts of sincere and dedicated photographers in their attempts to solve an endless variety of problems. It is the free and bold search and examination of the full range of creative photography that I have come to miss in aperture, my renewed subscription is an expression of hope.