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APERTURE

Photography Changes Everything

Edited and introduction by Marvin Heiferman. Foreword by Merry Foresta.

Featured photograph, "West Springfield, Massachusetts, 1978," by Nicholas Nixon, is reproduced from Robert Adams' chapter, "Photography Changes Our Awareness of Beauty and Hope," published in <I>Photography Changes Everything</I>.Photography Changes Everything offers a provocative rethinking of photography’s impact on our culture and our daily lives. Compiling hundreds of images and responses from leading authorities on photography, it offers a brilliant, reader-friendly exploration of the many ways in which photographs package information and values, demand and hold attention, and shape our knowledge of and experience in the world. The volume draws on the extraordinary visual assets of the Smithsonian Institution’s museums, science centers and archives to launch an unprecedented interdisciplinary dialogue on photography’s capacity to shape and change our experience of the world. Photography Changes Everything features over 300 images and nearly 100 engaging short texts commissioned from experts, writers, inventors, public figures and others--from Hugh Hefner to John Baldessari, John Waters, Robert Adams, Sandra Phillips and many others. Each story responds to images selected by project contributors. Together they engage readers in a timely exploration of the extent to which our lives have been transformed through our interactions with photographic imagery. Edited by leading photography curator and author Marvin Heiferman, Photography Changes Everything provides a unique opportunity to better understand the history, practice and power of photography at this transitional moment in visual culture.

Featured photograph, "West Springfield, Massachusetts, 1978," by Nicholas Nixon, is reproduced from Robert Adams' chapter, "Photography Changes Our Awareness of Beauty and Hope," published in Photography Changes Everything.

Photography Changes Everything

FROM THE BOOK
"Some of the best photoghraphers are both discouraging and encouraging at once. Nicholas Nixon's picture of a calf is of that mixed sort, a cautiously astringent expression of hope.

Like all photographers, Nixon speaks to us in part by what he declines to tell us. In this case the title—West Springfield, Massachusetts, 1978—forces us to think. Are we visiting a family farm? Possibly, but it seems more likely that we are at a county fair, and with that realization we are brought to remember that many large animals there have at best only a few months to live.

The photographer also instructively keeps from us the face of the person extending her or his arm. We assume the individual is caring—the touch is so light that the calf does not open its eyes—but the arm is so perfect that it seems almost abstract, almost an ideal. Shouldn't the hand be stroking the animal a little, rather than just touching it? Perhaps it is, although the angle of contact does not quite suggest that. In any case what we want is to believe that an actual person, one like you and me, is reaching out impulsively in wonder and with affection. Nixon seems reluctant, however, by not letting us see the expression on the individual's face, fully to confirm the person's humane motives."

—Robert Adams, excerpted from the chapter "Photography Changes Our Awareness of Beauty and Hope," published in Photography Changes Everything.

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