Álvaro MaloLast login: 08-07-2017 17:56
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Ear on the Beach, 1957 — Brandt

Artist: Bill Brandt, 1904-1983
Ear on the Beach, 1957
Seaford, East Sussex Coast, UK
Gelatin silver print
9 x 7 11/16" (22.9 x 19.5 cm)

Álvaro Malo
"I believe this power of seeing the world as fresh and strange lies hidden in every human being. In most of us it is dormant. Yet it is there, even if it is no more than a vague desire, an unsatisfied appetite that cannot discover its own nourishment…. Vicariously, through another person’s eyes, men and women can see the world anew. It is shown to them as something interesting and exciting. There is given to them again a sense of wonder. This should be the photographer’s aim, for this is the purpose that pictures fulfill in the world as it is to-day. To meet a need that people cannot or will not meet for themselves. We are most of us too busy,
too worried, too intent on proving ourselves right, too obsessed with ideas, to stand and stare."
— Bill Brand

When the great Bill Brandt learned about the poem that Ralph Mills had written about one of his photographs (the famous “Ear on the Beach”,1957) he wrote back: “This is my favourite photograph, and I thought I knew the picture, but your poem has taught me to look at it quite differently. I am delighted.”

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