Life appears always fully present . . .
a brief weary smile, a twitch of the
hand, the fugitive pour of sun
through clouds. And not a tool, save
the camera, is capable of registering
such complex ephemeral responses,
and expressing the full majesty of
the moment. The impressionists tried
in vain to achieve the notation.
For, consciously or unconsciously, what they were striving to demonstrate
with their effects of light was the truth of moments; impressionism has ever
sought to fix the wonder of the here, the now. But the momentary effects of
lighting escaped them while they were busy analyzing; and their ‘impression’
remains usually a series of impressions superimposed one upon the other.
Stieglitz was better guided. He went directly to the instrument made for him.
express, full, majesty,
Paul Leopold Rosenfeld
(1890 – 1946)
American Journalist & Music Critic