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 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.

Topless Photography

Definitions permit shared observation. They do this by setting frames and limitations. And so it goes.

Most of artistic progression has occurred by cross dressing the definition– outbreeding instead of inbreeding– stronger & faster

When we define a field we limit the study, not just the history, but the practice. Fortunately, many people make work without the constraint of definition — artists make their own definition. Unfortunately, the followers (enthusiasts) struggle with all parts of their hobby and can be quickly distracted — but then, isn’t that the role of an online salesman — distract and deliver.. So it goes.

So is the Online Topless Photographer a fool  — nope just not a thinker. Not topless but thoughtless. After all, how many of his readers read it for the thought; the articles. None.

he is making a barrier to keep the unwashed from washing over his world view

In the banner picture you see a camera with two backs; one holds 120 film, such as Tri-X, or Acros, or CMS, or… The other back is a digital back. In the topless world I make photographs only with the A-12 back. What about the camera as presented… no lens.

no lens ? no photography

add a lens to make ?

But a pinhole is a lens — right. So the definition holds, but how much of a lens progress is permitted. When does lens progression stop being photography? What if the lens were electronic — a digital system.

What Film is Valid

If the film is ortho; high contrast; litho; screened. If the screen is fine, random, irregular… like starch or grains of silver. Those make different images, and there have been many who exclude those images from their consideration. Those pictures aren’t photographs; not in their view.

Which film progress is permitted?

When Photons Collide

Photon knocks electron… but you can’t see the result until it is enhanced. It (the effect) must be amplified, emphasizing some of the relationships of the scene, exaggerating the response until it satisfies the mind of the viewer. Drilling deeply enough into the halide mess you arrive at a synthetic .

Definitions that get in the way of knowledge are topless

When Does It Die?

You can tell me when ‘it’ becomes a photograph, but can you tell me when a photograph stops being a photograph. If it is rephotographed; digitized; screened. Does ‘it’ stop being a photograph