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Help Me Understand, Please

This is a discussion on Help Me Understand, Please within the Photographic essays and classic photography forums, part of the Photography & Fine art photography category; Originally Posted by jumpinjimmyjava Hi Iguanasan. You probably won't like what I am about to say but what the heck. ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jumpinjimmyjava View Post
    Hi Iguanasan. You probably won't like what I am about to say but what the heck. I think some artists are considered great because there photography is just that, truly exceptional. Then I view other photographers work and think what a pile of crap. Why are they considered great. Then I think back to my few years spent at Sheridan College studying commercial art. Several students, in my opinion, including me, had little talent as artists. But what they were really good at was shooting the baloney. (BS) to put it bluntly. Self promoters ( I was not good at the BS myself !) They had big egos and many of those people went far. So what you have to do is start shooting the poop, self promote and soon you will be rich and famous That's my anyroad - jimmy
    Good marketing and little talent will beat bad marketing and lots of talent any day in this day and age. I see it in many different arena's.

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    To me Steven Shore is best appreciated as "Performance Art" although I doubt that was his intention. He traveled across America taking photos of the banal and as a body of work, it has a point. I can't really visualize the following conversation actually happening though.

    Photo snob 1: "I just acquired a Steven Shore."

    Photo snob 2: "Cool, which one?"

    Photo snob 1: The beat up box of lobster sitting in the grass in Maine."

    Photo snob 2: "Nice."

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    Great points! And now that I see those points it helps fill in some blanks! Thanks!
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