A fair review
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11-12-11, 10:25 AM
Join Date: Oct 2009
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Does knowing the photographer or the reputation of a photographer alter your opinion of an image .
I love to view other peoples photos , sometimes to get inspiration and sometimes just for the pleasure of it but what I have noticed is that some images from well established photographers receive amazing reviews from critics and their peers were images from unknown photographers are left in the dark .
My question is if an image was left anonymous do you think it would receive a fairer review ?
The reputation of a photographer or artist never influences my opinion of their work. Art critics and magazines can be pretty scathing of art/photography if they don't think the work is good enough. William Eggleston's colour work was severely attacked after his first major exhibition at the MoMa in Ny in 1976. Some loved his colour work, the black and white purists detested it. Since then people have had a love/hate relationship with him.
Martin Parr is another one who draws both good review and criticism. The critics and observers are quick enough to scorn someone's work I feel.
I also think there is truth in the saying that 'popularity breeds contempt' People who have 'made it' sometimes have their haters if you like simply because they have been sucessful.
There are some people who would gush over the current Turner Prize for example even if they thought it was crap! Pretentious people exist in the art world and you can't do anything about that. I do think though that most of the photographers who " make it" have worked really hard getting where they are, even if their work might not be as good sometimes as unknown peers. Isnt it just the same as footballers or singers who never record albums or play in the leagues? You have to get noticed and you need a lucky break.
When I look at some of the work in the British journal of photography or other arty photography mags I realise my photos are really rubbish in comparison and that's ok, there is always someone better in all areas of life. Have you got any examples of photographs that you think would be critiqued differently had they been published anonymously?
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