Saturday, September 20, 2008

un coup de dés

photos taken by the near-unknown polish photographer bolesław okoniewski, taken in the 1950s in the great kraków conservatory of flowers,
all images taken of the floor while walking through the space, making sure not to look through the viewfinder, but to be occupied by the plants and flowers instead, and to pay little or no attention to focus and exposure issues. okoniewski certainly deserves more praise than he has received, especially for the aleatoric techniques he applied to photography.
according to the french scholar t. towler, ansel adams was heard to say that okoniewski's techniques were so offensive to the "art of photography" that he aught to be considered a madman and left out of the history of photography all-together.

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