Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Films Found In Old Cameras

The photo above was developed from decades-old film. You can find a beautiful gallery of such photos here.

At the risk of being an ingrate, I confess that I'd be happier if the photos appeared without commentary. One of the most important things an artist can learn is when to keep quiet.

The site also features galleries of photos taken with pinhole cameras, toy cameras, and the like. Very nice!

Link via We Make Money Not Art.


Anonymous said...

I just sent links to three of those gorgeous photographs to a dozen soon-to-be enchanted souls... Thanks for the wonderful link!

Eli said...

Ooo, very cool. I have a link to a more contemporary (and comment-free) version.

Anonymous said...

this guy, my daughters college prof. has an essay on found photos "The Found Photograph and the Limits of Meaning"

it's a lot of smart stuff about photography. i think his PhD thesis was about Cindy Sherman.

also an interesting blog, alot of it seems to be about a frog he's found in the garage, but that could be relevant.

frog march!!!

isabelita said...

As a person who grew up going to art school on weekends, then getting a BFA in printmaking, and watching the art world gin up more and more words about what seemed to me diminishing art forms, I wholeheartedly agree with you about artists needing to - SHUT UP! You are more tactful. I have always thought the art should be able to stand on its own, without all the reams of explanatory and//or confessional text alongside.

Phila said...


Well, I try to be constructive. And I really do like what this photographer's done, by developing these old films.

But then again, when you're developing other people's work - and they can't speak for themselves - it seems to me that there's something of an obligation to keep one's interpretations of that work to oneself.