Szarkowski quote: symbolic, not narrative

By 20/04/2009photography

“The compelling clarity with which a photograph recorded the trivial suggested that the subject had never before been properly seen, that it was in fact perhaps not trivial, but filled with undiscovered meaning. If photographs could not be read as stories, they could be read as symbols. […..] The great war photographer Robert Capa expressed both the narrative poverty and the symbolic power of photography when he said, “If your pictures aren’t good, you’re not close enough.”

John Szarkowski “The Photographer’s Eye” (Museum of Modern Art  © 1966)