No photography allowed?!?

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This weekend I went to Marfa, TX to visit the Chinati Foundation. Of course, no photography allowed.

I’m always the first to defend the right to photograph, but in this case I actually agree with the policy. Experiencing the works of art by Donald Judd, Dan Flavin, John Chamberlain, Robert Irwin and many others – it requires attention. These are experience and environmental works that can’t be reproduced in a photograph anyway. This does make it difficult to share my experience in this video, but I can talk about these works which is probably more important anyway.

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Ted Forbes
The Art of Photography
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  1. John Stass says

    This segment is why you dominate the subject of photography for the serious enthusiast. I am eager to hear more about your reflections of the experience !!

  2. Pierre Requillart says

    Be as heady as you'd like sir. Love it!

  3. Sarah Weiss says

    I love these types of videos. As an artist who uses photography in her work, I appreciate when you talk about photography in a way that furthers the conversation about art. There’s not a lot of mainstream conversations that deal with these subjects. I love watching keep making videos like this!!

  4. George Miranda says

    Why photography is important and some places still don't get it.
    For each of us, a photograph means different things. A memory,
    a reminiscing moment, a record of something that is no longer tangible. We live in a place that is constantly changing.

    I think some places get kind of paranoid to a certain extent, mistrust someone with a camera. I think some places make their own rules, some might have a valid reason for not allowing photography like no flash, however other's might not have a valid reason. It is simply the control of power but simply saying "not allowed" without a valid reason.

  5. Nick F says

    Sometimes I put my camera down because I do feel like I'm missing out on the experience and not really seeing it through my own eyes but the cameras.

  6. JD Diggy says

    I hope Jared Polin isn't watching this………

  7. Andy Smart says

    You say ‘art snob’ like it’s a bad thing….😺.

  8. Munir Rahool says

    Can't wait for upcoming videos and that talk, I fully support that and agree. But I also try, insist and practice myself when I go to any event, (and I go to a lot of events for doing short-format videos) I try to just take in the emotions and energy. I try to observe and that I tried to deliver in my videos, which is impossible but yes at least I try and insist others on having "Experience" of things. I believe this also is going to help taking better photos and videos too, because when you truly know what you are dealing with, only then you can deliver that to others.

  9. William Carpenter says

    Dope content as usual.

  10. Jim AP says

    What I hate are events or places that allow photography but make the distinction and say "no professional cameras allowed" and they determine that any camera with an interchangeable lens is a "professional" camera even if the person only has one lens with him/her at the place/event.

  11. classicalemotion says

    So interesting topic. I loved this video

  12. Mike says

    This is all BS it is not a church.

  13. Michael Baltierra says

    I have to work in Van Horn which is a little north of Marfa so I know the pain lack of Internet

  14. heredownunder says

    I often wish I could take a photograph of environmental art, but on the other hand, there is nothing more annoying than a lot of people taking selfies on their phone, and you have to wait for them.

  15. houselab says

    Have any of y'all read George Nakashima's "The Soul of a Tree?" The introduction alone makes some interesting points about materials and environments and the purpose of one's work that I feel could be quite relevant to this discussion…
    Nakashima made wood furniture, but each segment of his works also seems to elaborate on its origin and reflect on its usefulness.

  16. Brittany Broesky-Fiel says

    Ted you are so brilliant. Thank you for all of these videos you do and the insightful help you give to all of us. One day I’d love to be brave enough to send my work in for one of your “mail opening” videos. Just thank you for being such a light in this community.

  17. veganbodybuilding says

    Weirdly I have found I tend to interact with things better when I take photos? It is not a barrier between me and (in this case) art (but it could be nature), it is more like a gateway? I do not often fully see or comprehend the art unless I have that focus (hmm, pun not intended). I see the world more fully with a lens it seems? I am still relatively new to photography, but it opened my understanding to both art and nature so much. Without that, the world seems a little dimished? I cannot really explain why, but I do appear to see more fully and I actually focus more with the lens than without? It might be that my mind stills as I focus (something like mindfulness I am in the present without distraction), or maybe something else? I am not sure, but the process is hugely beneficial to me and how I see the world.

  18. rotvonrat says

    I never enter a 'spot' if it is forbidden to take pictures. It is just stupid that others should decide what you can do or not to get the best experience. Of course not always, there are places where a ban is perfectly
    understandable and acceptable. I respect the decision of the owners, no matter how foolish I think it is and most of the time is it pure idiocy to deny memories you can have for yourself, or share with others by taking a picture.

  19. Santarpan Roy says

    I want your T

  20. Gregory Drew says

    It’s irritating that “no photography” is becoming all too common and really for no other reason than “because we said so”. Lewis Baltz, were he trying to do today what he was doing 40 years ago, would be constantly harassed and shooed away by rent-a-cops.

  21. Vassili Schelkovoy says

    Thank you, Ted. Once I have been in Royal palace in Madrid I faced with the same restrictions- they don’t allow to take photo inside. But after several moments I had realized that it is so great to see all this beauty by your own eyes.

  22. Jesse H says

    I saw this on Aerial America

  23. Leanna Hutton says

    Keep talking… we love where you are going🍻

  24. J Vladcliff says

    I call BS on a photographer saying there is no photography allowed. I feel it is all about control and who gets to photograph the work in the way they want it seen. It is their place so their rules, fair enough, but I don't think it is all about you really "seeing" the work. I personally explore a place with my camera, it is part of my seeing. They just want to control the image output.

  25. Ironic cosidering the original intent was to leave elitist space

  26. Richard Terris says

    I love these videos. I really enjoy the philosophical nature of these discussions. I'm fairly new to photography having decided to step up my casual hobby to something a bit more serious a year ago, and I can see a definite improvement in my work from a technical perspective as I've practised more and more techniques, but one thing I feel I still lack is proper subject matter. I think the difference between photography as art, and someone taking nice pictures is the story and the message. I think the idea of appreciating what came before you is something that would benefit me in this way, it certainly has in the music that I make, and so I will continue watching your videos for all of these reasons, and you've inspired me to go and learn more about the history of photography

  27. Mary L Scaia says

    Yes, "…the intent of what we're producing" "To what end?" These are questions that one must ask yourself.

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