P s y t o g r a p h y S e m i n a r s
The purpose of Psytography is to learn to see our world and ourselves with increasing clarity. With this in mind, Henry Friedman and Megan
Baldwin have developed a seminar that invites participants to capture images with greater technical, psychological and philosophical awareness.
The perspectives from which we view our lives and the frame of reference we ultimately select to surround that view impacts our perception of reality.
The intention of this seminar is to model the process by which we can consciously choose alternate frames. Photography, like life, is largely
subconscious. Most people don't see, they merely look. By challenging the ways in which we create images, we challenge the ways in which we
live our lives. Psytography is a personal and evocative avenue for selfdiscovery and voice.
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A Few Psytations
"Photography is my method for defining the confusing world that rushes constantly toward me. It is my defensive attempt to reduce our daily chaos to
a set of understandable images. Through my camera I try to clarify and edit the innumerable flow of moments that constantly parades and invades
my senses. My urge to photograph is activated by an almost biological instinct for self-preservation from disorder. The camera is a mechanical
apparatus that extends my natural ability and desire for the meaningful organization, I need to survive."
- Arthur Tress
"At their best, photographs as symbols not only serve to help illuminate some of
the darkness of the unknown, they also serve to lessen the fears that too often accompany the journeys from the known to the unknown."
- Wynn Bullock
"Trust that little voice in your head that says "Wouldn't it be interesting if.... And then do it."
- Duane Michals
"To take photographs is to hold one's breath when all faculties converge in the face of fleeing reality. It is at that moment that mastering an image
becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson
"I have often photographed when I am not in tune with nature but the photographs look as if I had been. So I conclude that something in nature says,
'Come and take my photograph.' So I do, regardless of how I feel."
- Minor White
"Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I'm going to take tomorrow."
- Imogen Cunningham
"There's no particular class of photograph that I think is any better than any other class. I'm always and forever looking for the image that has spirit! I
don't give a damn how it got made."
- Minor White
"As I have practiced it, photography produces pleasure by simplicity, I see
something special and show it to the camera. A picture is produced.
The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs. Photography,
alone of the arts, seems perfected to serve the desire humans have for a
moment -- this very moment -- to stay."
- Sam Abell
"At the heart of all photography is an urge to express our deepest personal
feelings - to reveal our inner, hidden selves, to unlock the artist....We seek to make our own statements of individuality."
- Galen Rowell
"Reality offers us such wealth that we must cut some of it out on the spot,
simplify. The question is, do we always cut out what we should?"
- Henri Cartier Bresson
"Everything went together perfectly, and this is what I mean by knowing.
I didn't have to analyze anything. I just recognized what was in front of me. All I
had to do was set up and take the picture."
- Wynn Bullock