Excerpt below is from Gerhard Richter – The Daily Practice of Painting:
Interview with Dieter Hulmsmanns and Fridolin Reske, 1966:
“Mr. Richter; what attracts you so much about a photograph that
you paint a copy of it?
A photograph – unless the art photographers have ‘fashioned’ it – is simply the best picture that I can imagine. It is perfect; it does not change; it is absolute, and therefore autonomous and
unconditional. It has no style. The photograph is the only picture that can truly convey information even if it is technically faulty, and the object can barely be identified. A painting of a murder is of no interest whatever; but a photograph of a murder fascinates everyone. This is something that just has to be incorporated in to painting……”
So… what is the point at which a particular photograph may be
considered an “authentic” representation (trace) of a subject and worth
Consider author and audience relationships. Context for
display of a photograph – on paper ? on the web ? in the museum ? in
your family photo album ? Does the context of the display lend any particular credibility or worth to what is photographed – in other words – if the purpose to make the photograph is to display it in your family photo album, what kind of attention do you apply – what are you trying to show? What is it that is trying to be conveyed – what’s the purpose of trying to convey in the first place ? Questions to consider the next time you press the shutter button.