Ian Talbot: Retrospective – Moholy :: Objectivity

Chapter XIII of the ongoing series Ian Talbot : Retrospective by British fine art photographer Ian Talbot.

Moholy :: Objectivity

© Ian Talbot

“…it cannot be too plainly stated that it is quite unimportant whether photography produces ‘art’ or not. Its own basic laws, not the opinions of art critics, will provide the only valid measure of its future worth.” Laszlo Moholy Nagy

    For me Moholy Nagy embodied the true spirit of the Bauhaus, the greatest art and design institution of the 20th century, perhaps more than anyone else. Ever searching, ever questioning, Nagy produced very little of what you could truly call “great” art, let alone any masterpieces. Yet his influence, and that of the Bauhaus itself for that matter, is still everywhere in evidence to this day.

    He also famously said “The illiterate of the future will be the person ignorant of the use of the camera as well as the pen.” Well, most people know how to use a pen but it doesn’t make them Shakespeare. The image here is more an homage to his graphic pieces than any of his photographic work, concerned as they were with line, form and planes. Merely a simple and straightforward image of the corner of a glass display cabinet in my home. As Moholy said, it is quite unimportant whether it’s art or not.

    Ian Talbot

    Text & image © Ian Talbot

Next : Chapter XIV – The Fool (Coxcomb) :: Kitchen Mania

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