July 16, 2010 - No Comments!

Weegee on Making Photographs

“When you find yourself beginning to feel a bond between yourself and the people you photograph, when you laugh and cry with their laugher and tears, you know you are on the right track…Good luck.”

~ Weegee

Last night, Mike and I headed to the photography exhibit and lecture of “Weegee the Famous” at the White Box in the Stag building in Old Town. The quote above was underneath a few of the photos and I felt compelled to keep it and share it with you.

Throughout my career I've heard on numerous occasions about how photographers (photojournalists) should be “objective”; that they are to only document and be the so-called “fly-on-the-wall”.

I’ve had photographer friends (especially women) who were told they “care too much” or are “too emotionally invested”.

I say bullshit.

I think you can tell when a photographer cares or doesn't care. And from what I've seen, the stronger the point-of-view, the understanding, the compassion; the stronger the photograph and the body of work.

If you are a fan of Weegee, head to Old Town and see just a handle of photographs from a much larger exhibit.

White Box
24 NW First Ave
Ground floor of the White Stag Building, Old Town
Portland, Oregon
Open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays
Admission is free.

Published by: dpdavis in Photography

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