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Posts Tagged ‘Photojournalism’

The Festival of the Photograph

In Uncategorized on June 11, 2009 at 12:28 am

To see life;
to see the world;
to eyewitness great events
—to see strange things—
machines, armies, multitudes,
shadows in the jungle and on the moon;
to see man’s work—his paintings,
towers and discoveries;
to see things thousands of miles away;
things hidden behind walls and within rooms,
things dangerous to come to;
the women that men love and many children;
to see and to take pleasure in seeing;
to see and be amazed;
to see and be instructed.
—Henry Luce

The Festival of the Photograph returns to Charlottesville today. Our whole downtown walking mall has been set as a banquet table for the eyes. Giant photos of animals hang in the trees—a leopard, a falcon, a chick—prompting crouching parents raising pointing fingers to redirect the gazes of children skyward. Look—no, higher!—up there!

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Yes, up in the trees and on giant erected screens, on the sides of buildings and at the Pavilion, in the theaters, in the galleries—so many galleries, galleries established and make-shift galleries created—on the backs of every camera—so many cameras!—and on every glossy printed surface—photographs.

It’s glorious.

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