つまらない写真 Boring Pictures

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こんにちは。between the booksエディターの井関ケンです。


Hi, this is Ken Iseki, the Editor at between the books.

I would like to introduce boring pictures.


Please read this dialog first.






Chris: I just don’t like this at all; [I prefer] people, pictures, something that tells a story. Route 66, big deal, it doesn’t mean anything.

Interviewer: Do you think the photographer had any intent?

Chris: He must have, for a layout like this. He couldn’t have been doing it for his enjoyment, because they are very dull pictures in my opinion. Jack, what do you think?

Jack: They mean something to me because I’ve never seen them before, I think he’s trying to get at…I’m still working on it…





This conversation was recorded at the exhibition “New Topographics – Photographs of a Man-altered Landscape” held at George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, in 1975. They are young couple in their twenties. Jack is a man and Chris is his girlfriend or wife.

It is now regarded as an important exhibition in the history of photography and has influenced many photographers later on. But, at that time, especially for a young couple, it was hardly understandable.

Let’s take a look at the boring pictures.

Robert Adams, Mobile homes, Jefferson County, Colorado, 1973

Bernd and Hilla Becher, Harry E. Colliery Coal Breaker, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania USA, 1974

Stephen Shore, Wild Street and Colonization Avenue, Dryden, Ontario, August 15, 1974

Henry Wessel, Jr., Tucson, 1974


There is another series of boring pictures. Let me show you next time.

Written by iseki ken

2012/02/26 at 23:38

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