Issue No. 127
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The words of one of ancient Rome’s greatest orators, Marcus Tullius Cicero—“Ut imago est animi voltus sic indices oculi” (The face is a picture of the mind as the eyes are its interpreter)—can be interpreted in the present age as “The eyes are the window to the soul.” Albert Watson, widely acknowledged as one of the most influential photographers the medium has produced, has used his camera to look deep into his subjects, giving the outside world a glimpse beneath the facades of the who’s who of recent cultrual history, from Alfred Hitchcock and Andy Warhol to David Bowie and Steve Jobs.
In that hidden, enigmatic place in one’s mind, a notion begins when two seemingly dissimilar ideas or objects come together to make an image or a story. This happens more often when one sees the subtle machinations of life through his or her creative intelligence. What appears to be a mere fluke to some may hold for that person used to making much of the serendipitous a momentous possibility.
“I feel more comfortable with black and white. I believe it can reveal more directly the secrets and truths which a color photograph often hides.”