Bill Perlmutter Fine Art Photography

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My Thoughts About Photography

I recently paid a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art's  Gallery of Modern Photography. My curiosity led me to three frames arranged side by side displaying solid pastel backgrounds. In the corner of each "Image" ,very small was a black mark or smudge, which on closer examination turned out to be tiny figures.  According to the wall explanation the artist appropriated figures of a deep sea diver, a falling figure and an astronaut falling through space, which  represented dreams where people see themselves free falling.

I will not comment on the subject matter, however I would like the photography curator to explain to me how this art qualifies as a photograph.  What photographic standards does this venerable institution use in order to place this in a photography gallery. It appears that the Met. like some other museums has decided that photography cannot make it alone and must become the handmaiden to other art forms. The Photo- Secession movement with Alfred Stieglitz at its leader tried at the beginning of the 20th century to merge photography and art. At least the movements painterly pictorialism was made with a camera on photographic paper which is more than I can say about  the three figures falling through space.


Which Way Photography?

Recently I visited the new I.C.P. museum. I assumed that this temple of traditional  photography would take on some of the trappings of the latest trend in photography i.e. large size prints, the blurring distinction between art forms, the need to explain all images with lengthy interpretations etc. What I discovered was?

"Two stock-brokers waiting for the subway to Wall Street." =========== Photo Bill Perlmutter 2016 (never exhibited)        

Below image on display at the International Center for Photography.

This caption reads" The figure in "Rigged1" is a high- definition CGI marvel: beautiful and weightless, an idealized amalgamation of glossed advertisement and high-end avatar. But what if the anonymous female character needed more than to be desired,more than to be than flawless digital image to be consumed. Her anguished inner monologue reveals the anxiety, alienation, and fear that come with agency and self awareness. -------------Got That -------- Wait---------------The Photographer is Kate cooper 2014  the 4 legs on the left belong to me (funhouse mirror?) the other pair of legs belong to my friend Marty F.

Please write and tell me how you see this trend.

Thank you

Bill Perlmutter