New Cameras – Critical Reflection


Henri Cartier-Bresson said: – “You can’t correct it (a photograph), if you have to correct it, it’s the next picture” – “Life is very fluid, sometimes a picture has disappeared and there is nothing you can do”



The Lytro Camera: The ‘Manipulated Moment’ In 2011, the LYTRO camera was officially launched. A small camera, selling for $400 that offers more flexibility than negatives, tiffs and even RAW files have ever done before. The files this camera produces can be re-focused after the event, removing the need to select focus at the time of making an image.


“The viewer of a living picture seemingly has a new sort of control with respect to the photo-object. By clicking around inside of the photo and brining things in and out of focus, others are now more active in choosing what story the photo is telling. They might feel that their own perspective, taste and aesthetics can now determine what they ultimately see.” – Nathan Jurgenson

“Cinephotography® marks an evolutionary approach to photography, using DSMC high-resolution motion capture as a means for pulling crisp still images. The covers and spreads below illustrate the flexible nature of this new angle on still image capture.”




“I love the limitation of the information you get. I love the mystery of one frame (about photography)” Elinor Carucci

Google Street view ‘Non-moment’

“Photography has not changed since its origin except in its technical aspects, which for me are not important.” Henri Cartier-Bresson

Critical Reflection

I do actually agree that a decisive moment has gone, but the decisive moment hasn’t gone. The decisive moment where one person, from the right angle, with the right composition and settings, and of course the right time, thats still available with skill. But in a different space, the decisive moment has gone. Not everyone has a lytro camera, or a red epic / scarlet camera, but those who do can choose a better moment when they are sat down at a computer. If that is the case, then there is a reduction in art because of these devices, and their quality takes away from Bresson’s intelligent photography. Video could be seen as replacing photography for some people because of platforms like youtube offering popularity. Therefore inspiration for using these new cameras like the red epic (used in the lengthy Hobbit films), and capturing many useable moments. For my project I’m considering the decisive moment as it was before, so I can wait for the moment to photograph, because thats more valuable for my integrity that taking 5 shots in a second on continuous mode. I want to be seen as a Bresson, over the modern excuses that use the cameras to make them images, rather than their skill. Photographer Paul Graham challenges the decisive moment by capturing several in each location in ‘The Present’. I see this a successful challenge because its placing the images in time, its not using the red epic or lytro camera, its using extra skill and eye to observe more moments in the same place. I did find this lecture incredibly interesting, more than the previous two.



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