Ink Evaluation Good or Bad : The Met : NYC

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I am at HJ airport in Atlanta ……….

When I was up in NYC I went to the Met to take in this show ……… Ink Art – The past and the present in contemporary China ……….. It was amazing ……… something completely awesome about the amazing calligraphy taking up whole rooms floor and ceiling as well as walls with amazingly precise small characters drawn in what appears to be in their hundreds of thousands …………

But I also loved this thing above with its giant less formed characters ……. this put me in mind of the markings of Simon Guttman on my contact sheets ………. very bold circles indicating yes print ……… and crosses ….. no do not print …… on my shots.

The image above by the artist Gu Wenda has him judging the letters of 6 of his students ……. he then grades them good with a circle ……. or no good with a cross ……… a traditional system of marking for a chinese teacher grading the work of students learning their alphabets and characters ………. but this has the resonance of the cultural revolution where individual people’s character was, marked good or bad, acceptable or unacceptable with drastic consequences.

The link to Simon Guttman is just in my head …….. but his markings had a very similar striking quality of red ……. approval or rejection ……… Simon ran the first photo agency I ever worked for ……. in fact he gave me my first job in photography ………. He is a legendary figure in reportage photography ……. He is said to have invented the whole concept of the photo agency (in Germany before the second World War) ……. he is said to have given Robert Capa his first job in photography ……… he was very eldery by the time I worked with him ………. but still totally driven ………. still completely motivated by photography and radical politics …….. he is dead now. has been dead a while …….. but some of the things I learned back working with him still influence my work today …………

Better run for the flight ………….. its about to be wheels up in the big ATL.

Cheers Jez XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

[ 8 ] comments

  • Wheels up in the big ATL in first class with champagne hehehehe XXX

    Jezblog ATL @ February 28, 2014, 11:44 pm

  • Wheels down London Heathrow…. Wow it’s sunny here in Good Ol’ Blighty :-))) XX

    Jezblog London XX @ March 1, 2014, 8:35 am

  • Champagne and sunshine in London?..Maybe you have entered the Twilight Zone!!.. No need to ask if the flight was ok then… I`m checking the papers now to see if they have covered your arrival Bro… xx

    PaulS @ March 1, 2014, 10:29 am

  • That flight was sublime …. The tube journey into town less so …. And a slightly more utilitarian way to travel but hey …. A bit of luxury on an overnight flight can go along way to making all the rest easier to deal with…. Hehehe… :-). I think me draggging my gear and heading for the tube was evidence enough the Paps did not need to bother with my arrival bro hehehehe….Cheers bro Jez XXXX

    Jezblog London XX @ March 1, 2014, 8:53 pm

  • We did Japanese caligraphy at art college, part of my typography classes…it was one of those things that looks simple and straigh forward to do, but is actually unbelievably difficult to get the basics right.

    Harv.! @ March 1, 2014, 9:44 pm

  • Something’s that appear simple…. Especially things that appear visually simple are difficult to perfect…. Because of exactly that thing…. They must be perfect to look right….. If they look anything less than perfect they appear to be unacceptable…… Visually messy or complex stuff can have a lot more margin and still look fine…… Hey how hard can it be ? Just like knocking out a couple of photos….. Sure it’s easy enough….. Unless u want it to be so perfect it’s invulnerable ….. Oh yeah then it gets a bit harder …. Hehehehehe…… Still I fancy giving calligraphy a go….. It just appeals to me ……Cheers bro Jez XXXX

    Jezblog London XXX @ March 2, 2014, 3:11 pm

  • Will you email me at your convenience please? Thanks.

    S.F. @ March 4, 2014, 5:36 pm

  • nicely framed with the graphics … very cool!

    CrashRyan @ March 13, 2014, 11:16 pm

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