FRANZ MEINDL, mayor of Fucking, Austria, confirming what we thought the locals called themselves.
» I mentioned this to some co-workers just now, and one of them mentioned the town of Intercourse, Pa. And another one said, “I wonder if they’re sister cities. They should be.”
Ansel Adams, Nan Goldin, Ryan McGinley… What do you think of this list of 10 photographers you should ignore?
They’re not so much saying you should ignore Adams, Cartier-Bresson, Winogrand and the rest. They’re saying don’t bother trying to emulate them, kid, because you’ll look pretentious, derivative and, by comparison, untalented. Instead, follow your own vision and passion. I can get behind that advice.
Also, I learned something from the article. It’s common knowledge that Adams had spawned legions of mediocre landscape photographers. But apparently, imitators of Ryan McGinley are responsible for the gigabytes on Tumblr and Flickr devoted to boring photos of wan-looking, skinny young people sitting around naked. So he’s to blame? Good to know.
When the only tool you have is a Canon EOS 5D, every problem looks like a nail.