Issue #5 of Proximity Magazine contains a piece by Bert Stabler entitled I Don't Like Photography. It's a remarkable piece that starts out asking why "fine art photography is so frequently dull and distasteful, so paralyzed by moribund subjects and forms?"
Stabler sees "art photography as hemmed in by three 'P's: painting, poverty, and Pentax." The first 'P' I find a bit intellectually lazy ("From its inception, photography established itself as art by trying to move into the space abandoned by painting." Oh yeah?), but the other two cover areas that I addressed on this blog - albeit not in one place.
Last week, a few of us from PhotoShelter headed down to Charlottesville, Virginia for the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph. What started in 2008 as a group of photographers gathering on Nick Nichols‘ farm to watch slideshows of each other’s images has tod