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BARBARA ESS
[b. 1948] American photographer who often uses a pinhole camera
I try to photograph what can’t be photographed—psychological or subjective reality, which seems more real than physical or consensual reality. - Barbara Ess

..I use primal imagery, so maybe it’s fitting that I use the most primitive of cameras [pinhole cameras]. Since there’s no viewfinder, the image is much more of a surprise—as if some outsider came and looked at earth for the first time. - Barbara Ess

Reality... includes a perceiver, who has memories, thoughts, desires, emotions—[which] a normal camera tends to omit. - Barbara Ess

My camera distorts and I like that—I like distortion in music too because it loosens things up. - Barbara Ess - On her pinhole camera

When I try to get clever I fail, so I stick with the basic issues of human life on earth—sex, death, relationships, discovering who you are, being hurt and confused. - Barbara Ess - On her pinhole camera

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