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Magnum Photographers on their craft — part two


What advice would you give to a photographer starting out?

Stuart Franklin: Take photographs, then more photographs. Of anything – friends, yourself, family. Train your eye.

Moises Saman: Be passionate about what you doing and always aim for honesty in your work. 

Mark Power: Find a subject you are interested in and make work about it. If you are struggling to find your own voice, don’t worry; look at and learn from the history of photography, so you have some idea where your work fits and so you are not reinventing the wheel.  Read books about the subject – good ones – and visit exhibitions. Research your ideas, but not to the point where you “talk a good picture” while there are no decent pictures on the table – I see/hear this a lot! Don’t be afraid to be heavily influenced by others – eventually your own voice will come out. Take risks; get out of your comfort zone. But you must be committed, and work hard. And be patient: recognition rarely comes quickly.

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I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (via theamericanbear)

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Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are … Texas oil millionaires and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

And yet we have this: 

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There are about 46 million Americans living below the poverty line — 15 percent of the entire (U.S.) population. …But here’s a stat that may provide some perspective on pvoerty: according to the Department of Health and Human Services, about nine percent of Americans have some kind of substance dependence. Most of those people cannot earn a living.

So let’s do the math: 15 percent poor; nine percent addicted. Maybe poverty is not exclusively an economic problem.

Fox “News” shithead BILL O’REILLY, making a spurious — at best — statistical leap during an October 12, 2011 broadcast in which he also makes Tavis Smiley’s and Dr. Cornel West’s heads spin.

So much for the no-spin zone.

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Fox News: “Let’s see, what can we put together to make up some bullshit connection that will make people think even less of poor people?”

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One of the two major American political parties has been taken over by its most vicious and reckless element. The Southern racists of the old Democratic Party, defenders of lynch mobs, were a nasty bunch to be sure, but they didn’t run the national Party, nor could they win its presidential nomination for one of their own. The first Southerner nominated by Democrats since the Civil War was a champion of civil rights and of government aid to the poor. He was so hated by the Southern conservatives that they left the Democratic Party and joined the Republican, where they acquired instant influence. Their descendants are the backbone of the Tea Bagger movement. The Baggers’ rise is not due solely to their own aggressiveness, though they have plenty of that. They’ve formed an alliance with the corporations, who need footsoldiers for the class warfare they wage relentlessly. The corporations pay the Baggers to fight against their own best economic interests – fairer taxation, better health care, higher wages – and the Baggers are willing as long as they’re also allowed to harass people of the wrong race or religion or nationality or sexual inclination. They’re happily hateful.

Arkansas Times (via azspot)

All of this. The old Dixiecrats have reared their ugly heads again.

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Honestly I think this is overly simplistic and it ignores how educational disenfranchisement goes hand in hand with classism in the U.S. I’m not suggesting that education makes people less racist, sexist, heterosexist, etc. But generally speaking, I do feel like there is an issue of class that people often ignore when it comes to the Tea Party. I feel it is less that the “Baggers” of poorer backgrounds are willing to hate in exchange for being paid for by corporations — I really and honestly believe many of them have been taught internalised classism. American values encourage classism. It encourages the idea that poor people are poor because they haven’t worked hard enough. Poor whites without access to education that could help them not only overcome their issues with class but expand their horizons and challenge the racism that they have been brought up with are exploited by these corporations who use their ignorance as a means for getting them to ignore the economic policies they hold. After all, if you’re a poor person who’s working your ass off in a shit job for 40 hours a week, you’re not given the educational tools to deconstruct your oppression, you don’t know why you’re working so hard for so little, and a nice man in a suit comes along and says, “It’s cause those other welfar-ing poor people are taking your money”, I feel like you’re apt to believe that because you don’t know WHY ELSE you’re stuck. Now don’t get me wrong, classism does not excuse racism and heterosexism, but to simplify that Baggers as just hateful, ignorant bands of white racists without addressing the issue of class and the exploitation that is going on… I feel that’s a classist disservice.

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when i was a kid there was a quote from a bad movie that i really loved. i loved it so much that i wrote it on a piece of paper and taped it to my wall.

years later i had lost that quote, but always remembered the movie, hoping one day i might come across it again.

the movie was “DC Cab”. The quote comes from a brief conversation between the movie’s male lead, albert (played by adam balwin, aka jayne on ‘firefly’), and one of the other cab drivers, baba (played by bill maher…. yes, that bill maher).

today i found a sliced-up copy of the movie on youtube, scrubbed around to find the scene, and there it was at 45 seconds in on this slice of the film. and i find that the quote, which i loved as a kid, is one i still love.


Baba: Music is the best way I know to fight off a little thing I like to call “the big fear”.

Albert: Death.

Baba: Death. No, not death. Death, believe me, is a little fear. The big fear, the real fear, is that hard times might squeeze you so bad that you’ll be driving every day of the week. It’s the fear that the music you’re writing, or your brilliant first novel that’s like a draft away from being a best seller, or your plans for law school, have to wait. You see Albert, after all that it takes - the hopes and dreams and the whole bag of tricks that you need just to walk around on the planet - well… the “big fear” Albert is that you’re becoming a cab driver.

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