Quote of the Day

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As a fledgling street photographer

strolling up and down the streets

of cities, I quickly became aware of

Time and its erosive power. My

early photographs focused almost

exclusively on the signs of an older

culture that was holding on for

dear life. I’d photograph seltzer

 

bottles in old wooden crates piled high in a truck, or the dusty

windows of Jewish bread shops, or old men building February

fires on the beaches of Coney Island.

 

My interest was more than documentary, for it seemed to me that

what was about to vanish was important and irreplaceable, and

frankly, I wanted my photographs to offer, in some manner,

the power of resuscitation.

 

Actually, I still do, though I no longer believe that photographs

can prevent the homely past from being plowed under; rather,

I believe that photographs – especially good photographs that

compel our interest – help us to remember; and even more

importantly, they help us to decide what is worth remembering.

 

 

John Rosenthal

American Photographer & Writer

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