PAUL LEOPOLD ROSENFELD
[1890 – 1946] American journalist and music critic

 
Life appears always fully present . . . a brief weary smile, a twitch of the hand, the fugitive pour of sun through clouds. And not a tool, save the camera, is capable of registering such complex ephemeral responses, and expressing the full majesty of the moment. The impressionists tried in vain to achieve the notation. For, consciously or unconsciously, what they were striving to demonstrate with their effects of light was the truth of moments; impressionism has ever sought to fix the wonder of the here, the now. But the momentary effects of lighting escaped them while they were busy analyzing; and their 'impression' remains usually a series of impressions superimposed one upon the other. Stieglitz was better guided. He went directly to the instrument made for him. - Paul Leopold Rosenfeld