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Saturday, January 03, 2009

POV






The black and white image above is one of my favorites from a simple camera. I like it because of the surprising resolution of the image, but also because the unusual perspective facilitated by the camera's reflex finder reminds me of a the origins of photography's modern era.

With the appearance of very compact cameras in the late 'twenties, photographers like Rodchenko in the Soviet Union started making pictures with radical points of view that showed viewers something never before seen. The cameras were taken high and low, and the results provided a jolt to consciousness that still reverberates today.

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