"For the greats who made Leica’s name – HCB, Robert Frank, Josef Koudelka – it had nothing to do with status. It was all about an eye, and a camera discreet enough to service it. They were there, with a camera that allowed them access, and they had the vision to take that shot, at that time, and to subsequently find it in a contact sheet. That was “Leica Photography.” It wasn’t about sharpness or resolution, or aspherical elements, or creamy bokeh or chromatic aberration or back focus or all the other nonsense we feel necessary to value when we fail to acknowledge the poverty of our vision."
Leicaphilia (via alkanphel)
At the same time, I find labels such as “Leica Photography” as irrelevant and annoying as “Nikon Photography” or “Canon Photography” or “Hasselblad Photography”. None of that matters, and I want to slap anyone who uses those labels on the back of the head.
These labels are useless, and detracts from what matters — the work. So obvious, and yet, much ignored.
"As for the sheer number of images overwhelming the medium, which every photo panel seems to devolve into nowadays, I think it’s silly. Writers aren’t complaining that the number of emails on the internet is somehow overwhelming their medium. I think if you can’t tell the difference between art and your friends’ instagram, then you’re probably lacking some basic understanding of the medium."