The old authorities in the field tell us that a century of photography puts it, on a human scale, at about the stage babies climb out of cribs and land on their heads. This is hard to believe because the photographs we see around us every day appear very efficient and business like.
Rarely are we shown the maturest work of men who have lived richly and whose spirit has grown all their lives. This selection was made from the last photographs Edward Weston made at Point Lobos. They are related in time and maturity, yet each photograph is a statement independant of the rest.
Action photography is, no doubt largely intuitive and subconscious but it need not be accidental, as many believe. I propose to examine principles and experiences by which the photographer can largely predict and organize life movement into art movement for kinetic design.
This book could well serve as a model of a book for beginners. The author assumes that the reader is hungry for information and, furthermore, intelligent enough to benefit by instruction. First the book is a knob by knob account of the Rollie cameras and how they are worked.
In my search for material that can be used for text books for full time photography students, this is one of a half dozen that I can offer a second year class with enthusiasm instead of embarassment. Wilson Hicks has been on the editorial staff of "Life" magazine since its beginning so he defines photojournalism with all the authority and vitality of a man to whom the field is an outgrowth, to some extent, of his own personality.
A more timely and pertinent counterbalance to "Words and Pictures" would be next to impossible. "Subjektive Fotographie" consolidates the attitude towards picture making that is sometimes called "photographs for the sake of the picture."
THE DECISIVE MOMENT is a wonderful book, the kind one can fight with when in the mood and love the rest of the time. The pictures are dated from 1932 to 1952, and located in many places; Spain, France, England, United States, India, China, Mexico.
In the January 1953 issue of the British "Miniature Camera World" is an article by Roger Mayne which is dry ammunition for anyone bored stiff with camera club photography. He says, "Since most people buy a camera in the first place to take records, it should be the first duty of camera clubs to teach people how to take good records."
EDWARD WESTON. With the help of his son Brett, is currently working on an extensive project to reprint well over a thousand of what he considers to be his finest pictures. BARBARA MORGAN has been associated with dance photography for several years and perhaps is best known for her book on the dances of Martha Graham and the latter's group.