Benno Friedman, Untitled - Full Image

Untitled

Benno Friedman

Year

1977

Dimensions

5½ x 7½”

Medium

Silver Gelatin Print

Description

“What is a photograph?” asks Benno Friedman. “Instead of retouching all of the scratches and dust marks on a photograph, one could choose to retouch everything but the scratches and dust marks; the result would be no less a photograph.” Here, scratches and dust marks, contrasts and blurrings, coalesce into a reminder that the merest suggestion of a landscape is no less a landscape. Friedman has placed a veil over our eyes. It is a favor, as we so often take for granted the crisp edges and bright colors. Look closely, he implores us. Look as if this were all that you could see.