I went to the Oakland Museum today to see the “CaliVera:Days of the Dead Remixed” exhibition curated by Jaime Cortez. It was original and fabulous and after I think about it for a day or so, I’ll be writing.
While I was there I went to a Dorothea Lange exhibit. She’s one of our “image resources” as a photographer whose work reflects the realities of her subjects.
These are two of my favorite quotes from her:
“I’ve really and seriously tried, with every person I’ve photographed, to reveal them as closely as I could.”
“You put your camera around your neck along with putting on your shoes, and there it is, an appendage of your body that shares your life with you. The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”
That last sentence really resonates for me.