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Posts tagged "drawing"
Oct 08, 2014
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Oct 05, 2014
A little girl was in a drawing lesson. [The teacher] said, “What are you drawing?” And the girl said, “I’m drawing a picture of God.” And the teacher said, “But nobody knows what God looks like.” And the girl said, “They will in a minute.”
Oct 03, 2014
Henri Cartier-Bresson drawing himself in a mirror, 1992
Not a lot of people know this, but Henri Cartier-Bresson actually left photography at one point to pursue his first love: drawing. He wrote of their differences in The Mind’s Eye:
Photography is, for me, a spontaneous impulse coming from an ever-attentive eye, which captures the moment and its eternity…Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing a meditation.
Later in life, in 1983, after an exhibit of his drawings was shown at the MoMA, his friend Saul Steinberg wrote him a nice note about his drawings:
I often look at your drawings in the Museum of Modern Art catalogue. To my mind, photography was a form of gymnastics for you, a sort of decoy, an alibi for your real thing in life.
I was reminded of Cartier-Bresson when I read this Fast Company article about a man who, inspired by Craig Thompson’s brilliant Carnet de Voyage, stopped taking any photos for a year, and drew instead.
See also: Roger Ebert on sketching
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Sep 19, 2014
“17 Drawings by Thoreau”
A print by John Cage:
[Cage] found source material in the small ink drawings of natural phenomena in the poet-philosopher Henry David Thoreau’s journals. The selection (hawk feather, hazelnut, rabbit tracks, and so on), position, orientation, scale, and color of the drawings were calculated by what Cage called chance operations.
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