Pity the poor critic who steps into a hardware store and goes into a tantrum because he can not buy oranges. Worse yet, think of the reader who is expected to treat the tantrum as unerring criticism of hammers and saws! Since such is about all that we get in the criticism of visual photography these days, Ralph Hattersley’s article looks like a step towards responsible criticism in photography.
Exercises in the Prediction of Other People's Responses by the Editor in the Role of Lecturer in Photography
1. That the photographer is in a poor position to forecast how others will respond to his pictures, (a) Because he was there at the moment the exposure was made, or at least thinks that he was there, (b) Because he assumes that as soon as his camera is paid for that the pictures emerging from it are his.
The person who first said that art is nine-tenths hard work was mistaken. But neither is it nearly all inspiration. Work, discipline, and spirit must fuse craft and vision. Too readily in this distracted age, even would-be artists look for the formula, the panacea, the shoddy if easy "how to do it” in one easy lesson or one expensive gimmick.
Being comments aroused in a reviewer by the exhibition of Farm Security Administration photographs in the Museum of Modern Art, selected by the Director Emeritus of the Photography Department, Captain Edward Steichen, displayed in New York City during the Fall of 1962.