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Book Review: Roswell Angier, ‘Train Your Gaze’.

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Train your Gaze by Roswell Angier

As I read through this book, I took the time to pause and reflect at the end of each chapter.  I made the notes below during these reflective interludes and they pick out what were for me the main points within each of the chapters.  I have subsequently supplemented these notes with hyperlinks to related sources of information.

Chapter 1:  ‘About Looking’

I found the story about Avedon photographing in complete silence quite fascinating.  I’ve really never thought of that approach before.  The author subsequently relates this approach to the slow process of making early photographs – very plausible.

In his interpretation of Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Still, #3, 1977, the author neatly summarises the questions the photographer generates in the mind of the viewer:

“What, or who, am I, the photographer, looking at? From where am I doing the…

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