Ready made compositions – William Garnett

Amazing beautiful photographs below – attributed to William Garnett for a story in Fortune – “From Baton Rouge to the Gulf” – Jan 1961.

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“From Baton Rouge to the Gulf” – photograph by William Garnett for Fortune – Jan 1961


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“From Baton Rouge to the Gulf” – photograph by William Garnett for Fortune – Jan 1961

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“From Baton Rouge to the Gulf” – photograph by William Garnett for Fortune – Jan 1961

And this ….
Rabbit and Cattle Tracks, Carrizo Plain, California – William Garnett
More about William Garnett on the Getty….
What is fascinating to me is the amount of “trace” information contained in these photographs – at one level the photographs reveal (record) formal patterns arising due to some form of action – movement process – in the first three images – having to do with processing chemicals at industrial scale plants – in the forth example, something of “nature”.  The photos themselves are not really “explaining” anything – but you might begin to infer something spending the time “reading” the information they contain…   Also of note is the unusual effect of the aerial view – an altogether different vantage point – allowing us to perhaps imagine the forest for the trees…

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