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ROBERT SMITHSON
[1938 – 1973] American artist known for sculpture and land art
There is something abominable about cameras, because they possess the power to invent many worlds. - Robert Smithson - From the book: 27 Contexts: An Anecdotal History in Photography by Mark Alice Durant

As long as cameras are around no artist will be free of bewilderment. - Robert Smithson

A camera is wild in just about anybody’s hands, therefore one must set limits. But cameras have a life of their own. Cameras care nothing about cults or isms. They are indifferent mechanical eyes, ready to devour anything in sight. They are lenses of the unlimited reproduction. - Robert Smithson

Let’s face it, the “human” eye is clumsy, sloppy, and unintelligible when compared to the camera’s eye. - Robert Smithson

One day the photograph is going to become even more important than it is now.... But I am not particularly an advocate of the photograph. - Robert Smithson

Photographs are the results of a diminution of solar energy, and the camera is an entropic machine for recording gradual loss of light. - Robert Smithson

Noon-day sunshine cinema-ized the site, turning the bridge and the river into an over-exposed picture. Photographing it with my Instamatic 400 was like photographing a photograph. The sun became a monstrous light-bulb that projected a detached series of “stills” through my Instamatic into my eye. - Robert Smithson

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