First, Get Good Advice

Ask a guide who knows how to get where you are going. Easy enough. How do you know where you want to go? Compare and contrast destinations. These are two people providing answers to the same question. One person, Martin Parr is an established photographer known primarily to street photographers. The other, Marina Abromavitch was a major founder of a manner and means of expression. She is a creative with influence.

Parr at SCAD

Martin Parr is talking to students at SCAD, a Georgia art-school founded in 1978.


Marina Abromavitch: advice to the young

Marina will make a piece of work; give you an exercise. It make make you uncomfortable. If it doesn’t, did it work?

Both of these people are talking to the young artist, not that person who gave up before getting thru their teens. Art has a way of being confused, as well as confusing.

Art is more difficult than knowing how to do something. It is not limited to doing something well, or important, or grand. It is a worldmaker, not a describer.

Learn enough in your twenties so you have enough time to have more than a career.

Jan Groover

How much craft does it take to make a picture; a career?

“Even though it sounds stupid and it sounds cold ‘Formalism is everything’

is not a bad thing to say.”

– Jan Groover –

Much discussion occurs among photographers about process and such. To my ear, this is akin to deciding which side of the toilet paper is better. In the end, it doesn’t matter. The object is a carrier.

technical prowess, I need to know as much as I need and no more

Jan
Jan Groover on technical

Jan Groover (April 24, 1943 – January 1, 2012) was an American photographer who spent the last years (1991->) of her life in Montpon-Menesterol, France, with her husband, painter Bruce Boice.

Jan Groover, profile

Groover was also the subject of a short film by photographer Tina Barney entitled (Jan Groover: Tilting at Space, 1994).

Short Bibliography:

  • Danese, Renato, ed. American Images. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1979, pp. 140-49. 
  • Danoff,Michael I. Jan Groover: Color Photographs. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1980. 
  • Euclaire, Sally. The New Color Photography. New York: Abbeville, 1981, pp. 35—41, 58-67, 257-58.Danese, Renato, ed. American Images. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1979, pp. 140-49. 
  • Green, Jonathan. American Photography. New York: Abrams, 1984, pp. 154—55, 222-23.Danese, Renato, ed. American Images. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1979, pp. 140-49. 
  • Groover, Jan. The Attributes of Positions: Semantics of the Highway. New York: s and m, 1973.
  • Jan Groover: Photographs. Purchase, New York: Neuberger Museum, State University of New York at Purchase, 198
  • Groover, Jan. The Attributes of Positions: Semantics of the Highway. New York: s and m, 1973.
  • Sobieszek, Robert. Masterpieces of Photography from the George Eastman House Collections. New York: Abbeville, 1985, pp. 408-09, 440.

She is represented by Janet Borden Inc.