The committee which devised the entry rules for the photography section of the Boston Arts Festival last year came up with an inspired set of qualifications. We will quote from the announcement. "Because the scope and depth of a photographer’s work can best be shown by several prints rather than by a single example, the Boston Arts Festival competition calls for a series of related prints to demonstrate the photographer’s photographic point of view.
As a teacher and critic of literature, accustomed to deal in more or less precise terms with novels, plays and poetry, I am appalled at the confusion which seems to exist at the very heart of serious modern photography—namely, the continuing obscure arguments over the matter of photographic "style.”
During the preparation of this issue of APERTURE we found that the word "Workshop” is used loosely in the field of photography. How loosely used no one knows because as Ralph Steiner, New York photographer, in an unpublished survey of current education in photography says, workshop leaders operate in healthy independence and lamentable isolation.
As this reviewer slowly read THE DAGUERREOTYPE IN AMERICA the wonder grew that the foundations of the tradition loosely called "Straight Photography" were completely laid in the twenty year span 1839-1860. All the fundamental precepts were practiced; clarity of rendering, a window on the world, and mass media.
Congratulations on publishing "Three Phantasts: Laughlin, Sommer, Bullock,” by Jonathan Williams. (Vol. 9, No. 3). This brief essay sets a tone and style that is frequently missing in critical pieces on photographers. The men are treated with respect; their work is examined with care and enthusiasm; and significant biographical details are provided.
BRETT WESTON announces a new portfolio of original photographs. It is titled simply 15 Photographs. The edition is limited to fifty sets. The pictures emphasize the more recent examples of his work. It is priced at $200 (add 4% sales tax in California).
A Conference and Workshop on Photography Instruction is announced for the Summer of 1962. According to Director Henry Holmes Smith, the main purpose of the program is to put to practical test certain theoretical positions held by major teachers in the field.
Michael Gregory is an assistant professor in English at the San Francisco State college in California. His interests lie in the fields of anthropology and psychology as well as literature. He says that his principle concern is with the symbolic process in all its forms— not only with the arts, but with myth, ritual and archaelogy.