On Photography 2

“Is a picture really worth a thousand words? What thousand words? A thousand words from a lunatic, or a thousand words from Nietzsche? Actually, Nietzsche was a lunatic, but you see my point. What about a thousand words from a rambler vs. 500 words from Mark Twain? He could say the same thing quicker and with more force than almost any other writer. One thousand words from Ginsberg are not even worth one from Wilde. It’s wild to declare the equivalency of any picture with any army of 1,000 words. Words from a writer like Wordsworth make you appreciate what words are worth. 

Jarod Kintz

Now this is a contentious one! Claims that Nietzsche was a lunatic seems pretty rich and perhaps a little ‘misled’ considering the arrogance of the source and clear elitist position of artists with a pen being eminently superior to those with a camera! I well remember a tutor of mine saying “Art is Art. There is no such thing as bad art. Its just a matter of taste”. To this I add a quote from a friend who when talking about photography and image makers said, “Beauty is in the eye of the cheque book holder”.  The moral of this tale? Well its all a matter of interpretation…


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