Diverse perfect amateur pictures

02Oct09

I was browsing the vintage photography section on Ebay when I came across a guy who is is selling collections of what I can only assume is found imagery in the form of 35mm colour slides. I’m fascinated by his choices. How did he select which 5 or 6 slides would represent the entire collection? What was he looking for when he selected these particular photographs? and what did he hope they would communicate?

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“Usually the amateur is defined as an immature state of the artist: someone who cannot-or will not-achieve the mastery of a profession. But in the field of photographic practice, it is the amateur, on the contrary, who is the assumption of the professional: for it is he who stands closer to the noeme of Photography.)”

Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida

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