Looks like an interesting movie. I just checked the imdb info on it, looks like it just being released in the US on Jan 20, '09.
I've seen a couple other movies about photographer that were pretty good but I can't remember the titles.
Blow-Up is the finest film about a photographer made to date. See if you can find a CD of it. If you've seen it you would remember it.
I am not a painter, nor an artist. Therefore I can see straight, and that may be my undoing. - Alfred Stieglitz
It was probably not intentional but you are paraphrasing what Ansel Adams said in explaining why he printed daytime landscapes with black skies; reality is not as appealing at the illusion of reality.
Something else Adams said: "Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs."
Obviously said before the advent of digital photography allowed the image of a scantly clad babe standing on the moon with angel wings.
Just this guy you know
Photography is "abstract" in that each step of the process be it film or digital is an abstraction from one modality to another. To start with we don't capture an "instant" of time but period of duration of light. The quanta of that light in the case of film triggers chemical processes in a three dimensional film. In the case of digital those quanta are filling "holes" in photo receptors. We then take the film and remove some of the chemicals and leave some. As we move to printing we continue this process of quanta reaction and chemical addition and removal. This is a true abstraction, the reduction of information from a starting observation.
Digital is even more so with it's destruction-reconstruction of color in the Bayer process, the transformation of quanta events in the ones and zeros and mathmatical transforms which when converted to light or dyes fool the eye with an illusion of something real.
In a photograph we have a total abstract image in which the signifier replaces the signified.
Photography Theory (Art Seminar)by James Elkins (Editor)
Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography by Roland Barthes
After these some Eco on Semotics, Pierce on Signs and Derida on Deconstruction and you'll be of to good start.
Photochemistry, electro-optics and signal processing would be a bonus.
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