Response: Masters of Photography


CC Adam Baker

While watching the Masters of Photography documentary about Diane Arbus, I found myself intrigued and confused at the same time.  I liked the concept of the photographs with the narration throughout the video.  The narration being a recording of Diane’s own speech, even though it was rerecorded by someone else, was really neat idea and it played well.  I found a lot of the photos thought provoking and fascinating.  She did a great job of trying to capture raw emotion and the feelings that were actually occurring when the shot was taken.  She didn’t attempt to artificially make the photo look good by messing with the people and things she was capturing.  Diane seemed to just capture the moment as it was.  She seemed to be a photographer that focused on people, what they looked what and how they felt.  I was kind of creeped out by her fascination with “freaks” and those types of people that were different.  I think it was odd and the pictures were kind of weird.  They were different and helped capture people and things that most people do not want to normally keep an image of.

I was struck by a quote in the narration toward the end of the documentary, “I never have taken a photograph I’ve intended, they’re always better or worse”.  I think it resonates with the idea of just letting things occur and happen, not trying to force a shot by moving the subjects and background to make it seem to forced.  Taking images of the moment can lead to beautiful, unintended images that could resonate more than the forced, pose shot.