Mary Macpherson

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Ping Pong quotes

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A book I’ve been enjoying over Christmas is Alec Soth with Francesco Zanot Ping Pong Conversations, (Pub: Contrasto). (It features Soth talking with the Italian curator about individual photographs from his various bodies of work).

Two quotes from the book particularly resonated with me. They’re things I know, but I particularly like the way Alec Soth expresses them.

“I always say that photography’s closest cousin is poetry because of the way it sparks your imagination and leaves gaps for the viewer to fill in.”

“Indeed I think most of the great photobooks are 35mm. That’s because of the presence of in-between pictures, the ones which maybe aren’t the greatest but help move the whole sequence along. In music, Miles Davis called them the butter notes.”

Ping Pong Conversations

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Written by Mary Macpherson

03/01/2014 at 8:50 am

Posted in Books, Photography, Poetry

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