Friday, July 20, 2007

Picture Only Worth 998 Words?

Documentarian Errol Morris removes two words from the thousand a picture is supposed to be worth, in his NYT editorial blog. Apparently he's beginning a series of discussions about photography. He claims photographs can't be true or false, but only illustrate stories, and further, we have to know the story already, for the photo to be relevant to it.

I find his train of thought fascinating because, from the art perspective, I believe a visual work has FAILED if words are required to facilitate it (unless words are inherent to the work).

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