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3rd Flickr Assignment Winner

Posted in Quiz by Alec Soth on December 1, 2010

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 3rd From Here To There Flickr assignment. The assignment was to take a picture of a non-photographer and then have this person take a picture of you. My hope was to illustrate that amateur photographs are often as good or better than those made by ‘serious’ photographers. An inspiration was a project I saw in Foam Magazine called Manélud. In this series, the photographer Breno Rotatori would snap a picture of his 82-year-old grandmother at the same moment that she photographed him:

What I love about Rotatori’s project is its utter simplicity. Neither he nor his grandmother are trying to make great art. But the combination of their images allows the viewer to see things in a new way.

My favorite Flickr #3 participant, Andie Wilkinson, also captured this quality of effortlessness.

Thomas

Some of this can be attributed to the fact that Andie was working with children (As some of you know, I have my own interest in his area). But I don’t want to downplay Wilkonson’s excellent work. You might remember that she nearly won our first Flickr contest with these entries. What I love about her submissions to this assignment was the way her images worked so well in combination with her subject’s pictures:

Frank

So bravo to Andie and to her collaborators. Stay tuned for the fourth and final assignment.

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  1. leo caobelli said, on December 1, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Hey Alec,
    Do you know that Breno is one of the two guys that photographed you at the 2nd floor on Itau’s building after your interviwe? (the destroyed floor)

  2. alec said, on December 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I didn’t know until after I asked his permission to use the pictures. Small world!

  3. ivi said, on December 1, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    we all love breno.


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