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May 11, 2004



Those photos are wonderful. Very intimate. Intimacy seems to be out of vogue among painters these days. The last few art shows I've seen have been very technical and inhuman. Maybe this is obvious, but I've noticed that when admiring paintings, it is often the artist and his/her life and process which is more interesting than the subject of the paintings. But in photography, the artist is more invisible. I think photographers consider themselves conduits for sharing world, mute witnesses, while painters are a bit more interested in themselves and their own reaction to what they see, which can certainly be interesting, but unless they are really good, can be alienating.

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