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ERIC Number: ED224009
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Pages: 26
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Dialogue of Differences: The Writing of Henry Holmes Smith.
Bossen, Howard
In addition to surveying the writings of Henry Holmes Smith, this paper explains his importance as a theoretician and practitioner of photography. After a discussion of Smith's ideas on "reading photographs" and his concerns with the ethics of photography, particularly of photojournalism, the essays in the book, "Henry Holmes Smith: Selected Critical Articles," (edited by Terence Pitts) are summarized and explained. Concern with the human experience is put forth as the idea that unifies these essays. Smith is seen as calling for the openness of the scientist, so that the narrow conception of photography as object-centered representation championed by the tastemakers will not become its exclusive definition. It is suggested that Smith's articles about other photographers, which contain no reference to his own work, nevertheless reveal his own theoretical underpinnings. Image making without the use of conventional equipment or subjects is presented as an important element of a broader conception of photography, and some examples of Smith's work in this vein are included in the paper. (JL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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