On Friday, Jörg, Robert, Andrew and I were talking over pints about criticism. My feeling is that the best thing about these ‘blogs about photography’ is their ability to promote, of course, but it’s also their greatest weakness. All that backscratching can quickly tilt from importance to irrelevance. In other words, congratulatory echo-chambers are easily dismissed, and I hope some of us can rise above, to keep creating original content that matters. It’s good to see both Jörg and Robert facing this direction, in their recaps.
Great to meet all of you, and cheers again to those who could make it to Tom & Jerry’s on Saturday night. Hearing the birds chirp at 6am on the way uptown was a perfect closure…
If you’re looking for a recap of the train-wreck that was Charlie LeDuff interviewing Robert Frank, WNYC has it over here. It’s sufficiently cringeworthy, even without LeDuff’s physical antics. In my foto8 piece, I link to LeDuff’s “interview” of Marilyn Conyers , in which he asks her, “If you were a nut, what kind of nut would you be?”
It’s curious that the organizers of the Lincoln Center event felt LeDuff was a good match for the evening. Update: Frank chose LeDuff to interview him.
Here’s the WNYC audio: