Now that the Photographic Society of America has been invited to help select the pretty pix for the ”Photography in the Fine Arts” program headed by Ivan Dmitri, that little threat to Fine Photography is seen in its true proportions. That program is simply the promotion of mediocre pictorialism by persons who do not know their art from a hole in the ground.
AVANINDRANATH TAGORE’S CONCEPT OF AESTHETIC UNIVERSALITY
S. K. Nandi
Art is a matter of desubjedification of the artist’s subjective feelings and it raises the most controversial issue of its acceptance by one and all objectively. If it is demanded of art that it must conform to the various tastes of a living generation or to the varying tastes in different periods of time, we are expecting the absurd.
To write objectively about an outstanding student is difficult but certainly pleasurable. He is a part of you and you are part of him. You have seen him develop from the initial awareness of photography as a means of expression, through the stage of the pastiche, and finally to a position where his individual talent has become a contribution to that small body of work which can be termed creative photography.
This remark has a dry humor which may be made evident by explaining that E. L. G. is the assistant to the director of the Institute of General Semantics; there has never been a meeting between him and Paul Caponigro, and that the inscription was one of several on the cover of a catalogue of PHOTOGRAPHY AT MID-CENTURY presented to the writer.
The world conservationists have never had a more magnificent, compelling tool, weapon, protagonist to propagandize their passionate pleas for conservation than THIS IS THE AMERICAN EARTH! Words and pictures are wedded in a Psalm of Apocalypse.
Who ARE the individuals in this country, and abroad, who, passionately interested in and devoted, are actually advancing Fine Photography? This question dominated a gathering held in New York City during January of this year at which were present representatives of George Eastman House, Limelight Gallery, Gamma Picture Agency, the photographic quarterly IMAGE, the Institute of General Semantics, and the photographic departments of the University of Indiana and the Rochester Institute of Technology.
To keep abreast of advancing costs on all sides, APERTURE is forced to raise the prices of its various subscriptions. We regret that this is necessary. These rates will go into effect with the publication of the first issue of Volume 8 which is scheduled for early May.