Art: To Catch the Instant

Were photography nothing more than an aid to memory—snapshots to be pasted in an album—it would perform a service; but in the right hands, the camera goes infinitely beyond the mere literal record. "There is," says Edward Steichen, dean of U.S. photographers, "the photography which seeks to translate into pattern and design the magic of a detail of growth and deterioration. Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created." In a word, photography has become, as only good art...

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