Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Walker Evans on the SX-70
This excerpt from a 1974 interview from Yale Alumni Magazine of Walker Evans, the famous FSA photographer that created some of the most iconic images of the Great Depression discusses how Evans first felt about the Polaroid SX-70 camera. This interview is 41 years old and basically the SX-70 was the "digital photography" of that era. Looked down upon by professionals as a camera that any hack could use to take photos with.
I feel the insights he provides about his feelings on the SX-70 still have a profound meaning today if you replace SX-70 with "digital photography".
With a digital camera anyone can take a photo, but not everyone can take a photo worth taking.
You can see the full interview on the ASX website: Walker Evans interview with Yale