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The Ongoing Moment By Geoff Dyer,

  • Title: The Ongoing Moment
  • Author: Geoff Dyer
  • ISBN: 9780316730259
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • In his last book, YOGA FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN T BE BOTHERED TO DO IT, Geoff Dyer confessed that not only did he not take pictures in the course of his travels but that he did not own a camera With characteristic perversity and trademark originality THE ONGOING MOMENT is an idiosyncratic history of photography Seeking to identify their signature styles Dyer looks at the wIn his last book, YOGA FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN T BE BOTHERED TO DO IT, Geoff Dyer confessed that not only did he not take pictures in the course of his travels but that he did not own a camera With characteristic perversity and trademark originality THE ONGOING MOMENT is an idiosyncratic history of photography Seeking to identify their signature styles Dyer looks at the ways that canonical figures such as Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Walker Evans, Kertesz, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus and William Eggleston have photographed the SAME things benches, hats, hands, roads In doing so he constructs a narrative in which the same photographers many of whom never met in their lives constantly come into contact with each other Great photographs change the way we see the world THE ONGOING MOMENT changes the way we look at both It is the most ambitious example to date of a form of writing that Dyer has made his own The non fiction work of art.
    The Ongoing Moment In his last book YOGA FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN T BE BOTHERED TO DO IT Geoff Dyer confessed that not only did he not take pictures in the course of his travels but that he did not own a camera With charact

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    1. msarki.tumblr post 8481450This book implored me to take notes as I read it From the very beginning I wanted to proclaim that Geoff Dyer had written a book that is so marvelous that I was shocked I haven t previously heard its praises sung by anyone else The fact that an accomplished writer who doesn t own a camera, who has not taken pictures at all except as favors for intrusive tourists sorry, they were mostly Japanese asking as they do for you to do this shallow deed for them, and then going o [...]

    2. What a beautiful book on photography It helped me get acquainted with photographs and its photographers, helped me understand an art that I was unaware of Of course, one is made aware of photography on a daily basis what will all the imageries from all the media we connect to, experiencing photographs is almost a daily routine Inspite of it being a part of our daily emotional diet, we are so oblivious of its power This book helped me understand the power, meaning and personal impact of photograp [...]

    3. I tend to love books that dwell on a subject matter and ramble on afterwards Geoff Dyer s subject matter is photography and photographers Here he captures various moments by either European or likely, American photographers at work The book really focuses on the works of Alred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Walker Evens, Andr Kert sz, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, and my personal fave, William Eggleston A lot of these photographers have focused on the same subject matter or weird visions [...]

    4. A poetic meditation on photography that serves also as a history of photographic themes and concerns as well as of America itself the depression, modernization, transportation etc My feeling is that if you are a really serious photographer, with your mind already made up about the medium, then you will not like this book, as it doesn t approach photography from either the viewpoint of the academic nor of the practitioner Dyer doesn t even own a camera He approaches it as a writer, pure and simpl [...]

    5. This book looks at the entire history of photography, focusing mostly on pictures taken in the United States by Americans Of course, since it s a book by Geoff Dyer, it isn t your normal dry study of the art its fluid chapters focus on reoccurring images hats, hands, signs, benches, backs, stairs, etc that tie noted photographers together Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Walker Evans, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus The result is a somewhat successful look at how photographers have conv [...]

    6. I realize this book has found the hearts of many critics, and art photography pundits but on the whole i found it dry and the equivalent of artistic navel gazing Having said that, I feel that way about most of the art world so it comes as no surprise, i supposer me, the interesting threads were limited to discussion of the eponymous black coated man that keeps turning up in photos through the ages The decline of Stieglitz and his role in the photography world and relationship with Georgia O Keef [...]

    7. Dyer follows up the best selling Yoga For People Who Can t Be Bothered with an equally idiosyncratic and fascinating journey through the history of photography This is no straightforward chronology but rather Dyer has chosen to approach his theme via shared iconography and what can be learnt from different photographers approaches to the same subject matter By no means an academic study, the book is brought to life by his perceptive criticism and revealing biographical anecdotes Hugely enjoyable [...]

    8. I read this book out of an interest in Geoff Dyer than in photography, which is fitting, as it seems to have been written out of an interest in Geoff Dyer than in photography Wait, no That s mean Geoff Dyer seems like a nice guy Yes, The Ongoing Moment is idiosyncratic and organized in a way that reflects personal biases than objective history or technique or whatever But I think anyone interested in photography could get something out of it If nothing else, it s packed with really neat photo [...]

    9. I reread this book seeking inspiration for a non fiction book I m trying to write on a totally different topic I like Geoff Dyer s eclectic perspective, self deprecating humour and intimate exploration of subject matter He takes a reader on a journey, exploring connections between images with a non linear, thematic approach blind people, broken benches, white picket fences, men in black, hats, gas stations, barber shops, etc.I love the way he starts with Paul Strand s Blind Woman, playing on the [...]

    10. things photographers shoot the blindmusicians, particularly accordiannudeswordsthought and thoughtshatsbeds, mostly unmadebenchesmen in overcoats and hatsstairswindows and doorsfencesold buildingsyoung women companions if they re an old manwhat s different seeing someone in the daytime vs night what s the difference between a person s face and their back what s the difference of shooting stairs going up than down each photographer has a certain style subject matter they ve staked out and yet oth [...]

    11. Pretty likabley self effacing and amateur in the proper sense of the word, as he s clearly very expert Kind of anarchic too seeing hats and doors and barber shops as nodes , where one photographer meets another across generations I like his delivery friendly, relatively unpretentious And for me personally, it felt like an enjoyably wayward introduction to the who and what of overwhelmingly 20th century US photography But, my, that category It s the Emperor s New Clothes meets the Tulip bubble me [...]

    12. Geoff dyer has a remarkable way of weaving history with imagery I first picked up this book upon an advice to learn about how to contextualise photography especially in it s early stages in the 20th century This book themes are identified by the objects that have been central in very famous photographic works It distills photographic practice in a sense that allows you to draw on the relationships which are often personal between prominent photographers and how that has influences their work, a [...]

    13. I find Geoff Dyer to be disarmingly charming no matter what topic he chooses Here it s photography, and while Dyer is exceptionally good at explicating and unpacking art, I sort of wish there was less charm and just a bit organization The book is essentially one long essay, with Dyer covering the history of photography by examining persistent photographic tropes the gas station the street or road the portrait of the blind the man in the trench coat and hat stairways doorways As noted elsewhere, [...]

    14. another singular book from geoff dyer that has no business working but does A quirky history of photography centering on the few titans stieglitz, walker evans, brassai, winogrand a favorite of mine weston and a few others couldn t get the rights or too expensive to reproduce all the photos he d like to, I found myself reading long rapt descriptions of photos I could not see and, as I m quickly beginning to see for Dyer, it follows a familiar arc lots of disparate fun early meditation on the bea [...]

    15. This is the best history of photography book I have read and because the author avoids the maverick renegade genius argument makes a good case for an interesting interperation the history of photography.

    16. This book could easily change my life It has already changed the way I look at things The great Dorothea Lange said that the camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without camera Having read it I ll never look at a camera the same way again.

    17. This is astonishing work Even those who are not into photography should read this It will change the way you look at a photograph.

    18. I once attended an event where Dyer read excerpts from his latest book, Another Great Day at Sea Life Aboard the USS George H.W Bush Dyer was entertaining in a self depracating way and his writing, based on the excerpts he read, lyrical I d never read Dyer before but at that moment, I wanted to A successful reading, in other words Reading The Ongoing Moment, in many ways, reminded me of being in my Visual Arts Photography class in college There were times when I felt like I was learning to look [...]

    19. I give this guy a lot of credit.Thoroughly enjoyed his take on individual photographs many of which are well known and those who took them Very easy for the layperson to read Dyer makes no claim as a photograper the man doesn t even own a camera He is a historian of sorts and points out how we are influenced by images.He expands his descriptions with many anecdotes about the photographers themselves their interconnectedness rivalries allegiances indiscretions.I took a star away for several reaso [...]

    20. As a photograph conservator I know a bit about WHAT a photograph is, a history of formats and all that, but my knowledge of the rest of it is somewhat lacking So what better way to learn , I thought, than to read what Geoff Dyer has to say on the matter Because he s pretty cool and learned and all that.Dyer follows various themes within photography that pique his interest this is not an overarching survey of the art of photography Instead, we learn to notice the role of hats in photography parti [...]

    21. Dyer s is both a fascinating and a frustrating study of essay on photography The frustration comes largely from the presentation or lack of the photos themselves Many of the photos that Dyer talks about extensively are not included at all for example, those of Roy DeCarava while the reproductions that have been included are so small and of such poor quality that they might as well not have been Many of the most interesting observations in the book are actually quotes, observations made not by Dy [...]

    22. In The Ongoing Moment Dyer offers an idiosyncratic survey of photography, mostly American, and a discussion of a number of photographs many included in the book and the lives of the photographers He examines the photos and ruminates on how they reflect and inform an understanding of one another Dyer sees recurring images in these photographs a shadowy man in a coat and hat, hands, doorways, gas stations, movie screens moments and items that photographers refer to again and again The book is loos [...]

    23. Serving as a sort of reading companion for me to Lawrence Weschler s Everything That Rises A Book of Convergences, Geoff Dyer s book length essay of and I do not say on for good reason those convergences was both considerably dull and strangely pleasurable This phantasmagoric illustration of the ways of seeing the world through the photographic lens was, in the end, a little insubstantial for me On the one hand, it is a perfect evocation of the subject and the way that Dyer sees the subject and [...]

    24. Think of a rather scrawny Christmas tree whose branches are loaded with an array of fascinatingly personal decorations, each with a story to tell Intersperse 93 small BW photographs and feature 12 half page color plates Take some colored string and connect Evans to Frank, and Kertesz to Smith, and Strand to Steiglitz, and Winogrand to Weegee Tie in Whitman and Wordsworth frequently What a treat It s than enough to make you cringe only briefly at, say, the semi mystical importance attached to co [...]

    25. Geoff Dyer is an intelligent and open writer I read his John Berger influenced jazz photograph study But Beautiful and that was a remarkable book it ignited a dormant passion of jazz in me The Ongoing Moment is a much a work of non fiction, and I am not entirely certain I followed themes the book and what the underlying points were in many cases In the end I pretty much stopped studying the book and sat back enjoyed the ride, you learn something of the relationships between 20th century photogr [...]

    26. Dyer comes to photography through the lens of critical analysis but certainly not a photographer s lens He is a little too insistent, in fact, on his having no photography experience at all But it makes for a very interesting ride His thematic chronological journey through mostly American photography is pretty fascinating He takes the approach of considering different photographers perspectives on the same subject, using the similarity of the content to throw the contrasts into high relief I lea [...]

    27. Dyer non suona e non fotografa, ma sa scrivere bene di ambedue le cose Dopo Natura morta con custodia di sax sul jazz ha scritto questo saggio sulla fotografia, fatto di suggestioni e libere associazioni suscitategli dalle immagini di alcuni maestri del XX secolo A volte si tratta di letture gratuite e personali ma non per questo meno affascinanti, e non di rado si portati a riflettere sul perch si fotografa.Peccato solo che si concentri quasi esclusivamente sulla fotografia statunitense, Weston [...]

    28. Can t say enough about this book for style and as a template for how to talk about one s personal relationship to art, and photography in particular, but really any of the plastic arts Fearless and unfettered in saying what he thinks, with no urge to be reckless or provocative Dyer famously reads, looks, and especially writes what he does and as he does because he s easily bored a paraphrase close to the original articulation There is nothing boring about this particular book.Combined with Camer [...]

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